Now in its teens, the Edinburgh International Festival had already secured its position as the city’s primary cultural event.
While far from attracting the millions of visitors it enjoys today, the late summer arts jamboree ensured a steady flow of tourism cash would pour into the Capital’s coffers each year.
As our archive pictures show, the festival, along with the ongoing construction of the Forth Road Bridge, was most definitely dominating news pages in Edinburgh in 1961.
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9. East Princes Street Gardens
East Princes Street Gardens - Grass given first cut of year by Jimmy Hunt watched by Raymond Collins and taxi driver James Love in 1961.
10. Sledging in Edinburgh
Children sledging in the Meadows in December 1961. Warrender Park Terrace in the background.
11. Exterior of the Empire Theatre
Exterior of the Empire Theatre in Nicolson Street, 1961. Also in picture Nairns furniture store.
12. Gateway Theatre, Leith
Gateway Theatre Company present It Looks Like a Change, 1961 - left Sadie Aitken, manageress of the Gateway theatre, Leith Walk.