A crane towers over the site of the Great Mosque being built in Edinburgh, October 1989.
A crane towers over the site of the Great Mosque being built in Edinburgh, October 1989.

17 photos transporting you back to Edinburgh in 1989

As the 1980s drew to a close, Edinburgh was looking to the new decade – while facing poll tax protest and the perennial traffic problems as well as.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 8:45 pm

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 one nil victory at Tynecastle.

The city was in jubilant mood on the 5th of November. 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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