Trainspotting was a huge hit when it opened in cinemas in 1996.
Trainspotting was a huge hit when it opened in cinemas in 1996.
Trainspotting was a huge hit when it opened in cinemas in 1996.

25 photos transporting you back to Edinburgh in 1996, the year Trainspotting was released

When Trainspotting premiered on February 23 1996, Edinburgh was a very different place.

The city’s world-famous Hogmanay street party was at its peak. A free event back in those days, there were serious safety concerns, however, at the increasingly large crowds congregating on Princes Street year-on-year.

In 1996, it’s fair to say that social distancing was far from the minds of New Year’s Eve revellers. Celebrations that year were recognised by the Guinness Book of Records at the world's largest New Year party, with approximately 400,000 people in attendance.

A young Stephen Hendry was in his pomp. The snooker pro, a local lad, was crowned world champion for a sixth time.

Hendry received the Evening News’ sports personality of the year award in 1996, which we’re sure takes equal pride of place with his various professional snooker accolades above his fire place.

Elsewhere in sport, Hearts FC were shaping up well under new boss Jim Jefferies. The Gorgie side would finish 4th in the league and secure a place in the Scottish Cup Final.

Unfortunately the Jambos, the final would prove to be a step too far, with a rampant Paul Gascoigne and Brian Laudrup-inspired Rangers side running out 5-1 winners.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the release of Trainspotting, here are 25 memories of Edinburgh as it was in 1996.

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