Edinburgh retro: 17 photo memories of Edinburgh in 1985, including dramatic eight-hour siege at city shop

Nineteen-Eighty Five was a year of grand openings and plenty of change in the city of Edinburgh.

At Abbeyhill, in the east of Edinburgh, there was a dramatic firearms incident when a police raid on the shop Field and Stream in Montrose Terrace led to the owner firing a shot in an eight-hour stand off. Eric Miller was later jailed for 34 months.

Judge Lord Bannatyne slammed the pensioner’s “cavalier attitude” and lack of co-operation during his sentencing at the High Court in Perth. But the judge made an “exceptional circumstances” exemption to the normal mandatory five-year sentence for possessing a gun because the weapon was more than 100 years old, heavily corroded and the trigger no longer worked.

Elsewhere, there was the Emperor’s Warriors exhibition at the City Art Centre, which attracted tens of thousands of visitors over the summer and is still talked about to this day.

Take a look through our picture gallery, and be transported back to 1985.

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