80s Edinburgh: These 17 nostalgic photos capture life in Edinburgh in 1984, including Mikhail Gorbachev visit

We’ve had a dig through our photo archives to find some amazing pictures that perfectly capture Edinburgh in 1984.

Nineteen Eighty-Four may not have turned out to be quite as bleak as George Orwell predicited in his famous dystopian novel, but half a decade into the Thatcher era and unemployment was sky high in the UK.

In Edinburgh, we saw the opening of two shopping centres – Waverley Market and Cameron Toll – and a visit from a man who would turn out to be the last ever leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.

Take a look through our picture gallery for a look at Edinbugh life in 1984.

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