As the 1980s drew to a close, Edinburgh was looking to the new decade – while facing poll tax protests and the perennial traffic problems.
Following the completion of Gilmerton junction, 1989 witnessed the finishing touches being applied to Edinburgh’s new ring road – the A720 City Bypass.
In the city centre, fresh developments included a new financial hub, Saltire Court, being constructed at the notorious Castle Terrace gap-site, and the city’s first ever purpose-built mosque in the Southside.
There was sporting success too. Hearts came within a whisker of reaching the UEFA Cup semi finals, narrowly losing out over two legs against German cracks Bayern Munich following an historic 1-0 victory at Tynecastle.
The city was in jubilant mood on November 5, 1989. Nothing to do with Guy Fawkes – Scotland had just qualified for the 1990 World Cup.
But there was sadness towards the end of the year too.
In October, the Guthrie Street gas explosion caused the collapse of a tenement and claimed the lives of 21-year-old student Nicola Donnelly and 35-year-old lecturer Peter Small.
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1. Pedal car in Toys R Us 1989
Two-year-old Kieran Casey in his pedal car, amazed at all the toys on sale in the Toys R Us superstore in Edinburgh, September 1989. Photo: Alan Macdonald
2. 'Cats' dancers photocall 1989
Dancers from the musical Cats at a photocall in Princes Street gardens Edinburgh, October 1989. Back row: Bombalurina (Rosemarie Ford, later a hostess on The Generation Game). Front row l-r: Rumpleteazer (Barbara King), Mr Mistoffelees (Nick Butler) and Old Deuteronomy (Adrian Edmeades). Photo: Jack Crombie
3. Castle Terrace 'hole in the ground' 1989
Looking down into the notorious 'hole in the ground' at Castle Terrace in Edinburgh, September 1989. Photo: Rod Fleming
4. Grahame Wear & Odeon lighting equipment 1989
Grahame Wear, general manager of the Odeon with the cinema's 60-year-old lighting console in October 1989. Photo: Rod Sibbald