Fans wait for The New Seekers outside the Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh
Fans wait for The New Seekers outside the Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh

Eurovison returns to the UK: Take a look at when Edinburgh hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972

A number of UK cities are vying to host Eurovision 2023 after Ukraine, the most recent winners, cancelled plans to stage the event due to the ongoing war with Russia.

Edinburgh – which is twinned with the Ukrainian capital Kyiv – is the obvious choice as the venue for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, but Glasgow, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Leeds and Cardiff have also declared their interest.

Back in 1972, the eyes of the world were on Edinburgh as the Usher Hall hosted the much-loved song competition.

Representing the UK in 1972 were The New Seekers with the song Beg, Steal Or Borrow.

Up against 17 other countries, they were respectable runners-up to Luxembourg's Vicky Leandross, whose song ​Apres Toi garnered 128 points to ​the UK's 114.

Here are some highlights from the event in Edinburgh.

Representing the UK in 1972 were The New Seekers with the song Beg, Steal Or Borrow.

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