The Duke of Edinburgh visits US Coastguard Cutter Eagle at Leith (July 1962).
The Duke of Edinburgh visits US Coastguard Cutter Eagle at Leith (July 1962).

These 19 photos will take you back to Leith in the 1950s and 1960s

Looking back on Leith in the 1950s and 1960s.

Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 4:08 pm

Leith is famous for more than its sunshine.

This waterfront hub looking over the Firth of Forth has seen its share of history – from royal visits to sieges, naval battles to dockyard strikes. Its people are proud of its rich culture and heritage, and pioneering spirit.

Now it’s the home of the Royal Yacht Britannia, the picturesque Shore bustling with restaurants, bars and pubs, and even a hidden beach.

But way back when Leith was quite different. After the Second World War, the docks went into decline and the area built a reputation for drugs and prostitution – famously portrayed later in Trainspotting.

But that is not the whole picture of Leith in the 1950s and ‘60s. Let’s take a look through the Edinburgh Evening News archives, to how Leith was more than half a century ago.

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