Edinburgh in 1981: 17 amazing old photos showing what life was like in Edinburgh 43 years ago

These are 17 old photos showing Edinburgh as it was back in 1981

Today, we’re looking back in Edinburgh as it was in 1981 – to see just how much Scotland’s capital city has changed in 43 years.

That year, there was plenty of change in Scotland's capital city as the nation settled into an economically uncertain new decade.

Those of a certain age will remember with sadness that a number of local institutions – including the Ritz Cinema on Rodney Street, RW Forsyth department store on Princes Street and jewellers Abbott of Greyfriars – closed their doors.

But there was plenty of other stuff going on that year, too, as you will see from these photographs.

Have a scroll through our photo gallery for a nostalgic trip back to 1981 – and let us know your own memories in the comments section before you go.

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