Shoppers in the Food Court (Spud U Like baked potato shop in background) of the newly-opened Cameron Toll shopping centre in Edinburgh, April 1985.
Shoppers in the Food Court (Spud U Like baked potato shop in background) of the newly-opened Cameron Toll shopping centre in Edinburgh, April 1985.

17 photos taking you back to Edinburgh in 1985

Nineteen-eighty-five was a year of grand openings in Edinburgh.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 8:42 pm

In July, Her Majesty, The Queen gave the newly-built Waverley Market her royal approval and duly sliced the red ribbon in two to mark its official opening.

Pop stars The Thompson Twins abandoned their synths for a day to open the HMV store on Princes Street, while on nearby North Bridge, locals were introduced to the joys of catalogue shopping with the opening of the new Argos store.

One visitor to Edinburgh in 1985 who you may not recognise, however, is Keira Knightley. Keira was in town with her Glasgow-born mum Sharman MacDonald, who had been recognised as Playwright of the Year. Future screen actress Keira was barely five months old, so no doubt her memories of the visit will be a tad hazy, to say the least.

We've dug deep through the Evening News archives to bring you 17 photos that will take you right back to Edinburgh in 1985.

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