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. Pele the Jambo?
Brazilian football legend Pele smiles during a visit to Tynecastle football ground in Edinburgh, June 1989.
Photo: Jim Moyes
2. Great Mosque construction begins
Muslims from Edinburgh and the Lothians gather at land in Potterrow as work begins on their Great Mosque in March 1989. Each man holds bricks for the mosque's foundations.
Photo: Bill Stout
3. Hearts v Hibs 1989
Team-mate Gordon Rae congratulates Hibs' new boy Keith Houchen (no 10) who scored a goal during a Hearts v Hibs Edinburgh derby football match at Tynecastle in April 1989.
Photo: Hamish Campbell
4. One in a million
Lee McKendry (11) wins a teddy bear for being the 1,000,000th person to use the water flume at the Royal Commonwealth pool in Edinburgh, April 1989.
Photo: Bill Stout