Edinburgh in the 80s: 18 nostalgic photos transporting you back to Edinburgh in 1981

Here, we take a nostalgic look back at what Edinburgh life was like in 1981

Back in 1981, there was plenty of change in the city of Edinburgh as the nation settled into an economically uncertain new decade.

A number of city institutions – among them the RW Forsyth department store on Princes Street, the Ritz Cinema on Rodney Street and jewellers Abbott of Greyfriars, sadly closed their doors. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom, as our photos show.

Take a look through our picture gallery to see 18 snapshots of Edinburgh in 1981.

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