Customers queue up for the Christmas and Boxing Day sales at RW Forsyth department store in Edinburgh's Princes Street December 1980.
Customers queue up for the Christmas and Boxing Day sales at RW Forsyth department store in Edinburgh's Princes Street December 1980.

17 photos taking you back to Edinburgh in 1980 (Part 3)

It was out with the old and in with the new at the start of the eighties as Edinburgh began to embrace a digital future and wave farewell to the industries, infrastructure and technologies of yesteryear.

Edinburgh city centre was positively teeming with people keen to welcome home local sprinter Allan Wells, who was fresh from securing Olympic gold in Moscow for the 100m dash.

Also in sport, Hearts, having been relegated for the first time in their history, won the First Division at the first attempt and were back in the top flight by the summer.

Generous Evening News readers donated money towards equipping Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary with a Flying Squad ambulance.

And Edinburgh Castle’s historic Mons Meg cannon was removed and sent to Armadale steel works for testing.

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