In a very different kind of procession, shipbuilding and engineering unions are pictured marching down Lothian Road during a one day strike in Edinburgh in 1962.
In a very different kind of procession, shipbuilding and engineering unions are pictured marching down Lothian Road during a one day strike in Edinburgh in 1962.

17 pictures of Edinburgh's Lothian Road in the 1950s and 1960s show how much the familiar Capital street has changed

In the 1960s Lothian Road hosted many of Edinburgh’s most memorable events and was home to some of the Capital's most exclusive shops.

Thursday, 23rd September 2021, 4:11 pm

Lothian Road was originally built to give access from the west end of Princes Street to the new residential areas of Edinburgh’s southside.

Today it’s home to several of the Capital’s landmarks and cultural attractions, including the Usher Hall, the Edinburgh Filmhouse, Festival Square and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – alongside a myriad of popular bars and restaurants.

But arguably the road’s heyday was in the 1960s, when shoppers flocked to luxury stores, the ABC Cinema (now the Odeon) hosted some of the biggest names in music, and stars of the screen took to the red carpet for glitzy film premieres.

Here are 17 pictures that whill take you back to the Swinging Sixties on Lothian Road.

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