Model Samantha Fox in Edinburgh for the opening of newly-refurbished Coasters complex at Fountainbridge in March 1986.
Model Samantha Fox in Edinburgh for the opening of newly-refurbished Coasters complex at Fountainbridge in March 1986.

Edinburgh in the Eighties: Here are 27 pictures to transport you back to life in the Capital in 1986 - including the Commonweath Games

They may have been taken almost 40 years ago, but there are still plenty of familiar faces and places in these fascinating pictures from the archives.

Friday, 20th May 2022, 9:09 am

Events making the headlines in 1986 included the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Space Shuttle Challenger breaking apart 73 seconds after liftoff, Halley’s Comet appearing in the night sky, and the start of the mad cow disease outbreak in the UK.

On television viewers were tuning into the first episodes of ‘Lovejoy’, ‘Every Second Counts’ and ‘The Singing Detective’, while at the cinema ‘Crocodile’, ‘Top Gun’, ‘Rocky IV’ and ‘Aliens’ saw film fans queue around the block.

In the music charts The Communards had the best-selling single of the year with ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, followed by ‘Every Loser Wins’ by Nick Berry, Boris Gardiner’s ‘I Want To Wake Up With You’, ‘Living Doll’ by The Young Ones and Ciff Richard, and Diana Ross’s ‘Chain Reaction’.

And there was plenty going on in Edinburgh, including that year’s Commonwealth Games and plenty of celebrity visits.

Here are 27 pictures to take you back to Scotland’s Capital in 1986.

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