Evening News launches Edinburgh’s Cup Final song

The final scene features the pandas and staff with the Scottish Cup
The final scene features the pandas and staff with the Scottish Cup
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From I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles to We Have A Dream, the tradition of the cup football song stretches back decades.

Now in a celebration of the first all-Edinburgh cup final in 116 years, Evening News staff have recorded their own musical celebration of the Capital.

Released on YouTube yesterday, Go East by the Paper Shop Boys is a spoof of the Pet Shop Boys’ 1993 hit Go West, first recorded by the Village People.

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The video has already attracted 15,000 views, and prompted responses from football fans as far away as the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Entertainments editor Liam Rudden said: “This cup final is a truly historic occasion. We wanted to do something a little different – something to make people laugh and to underline just how great we think Edinburgh and the Lothians are.”

The song includes a few gentle barbs about rival city Glasgow, including the line: “There’s real football here/free from the taxman’s glare.”

While most viewers in the west took this in good spirit, some spat back, branding Hibs and Hearts “diddy” teams.

However, Glasgow Evening Times editor Tony Carlin was more magnanimous. He said: “Classic video. Absolutely brilliant.”

Craig Reid, one half of the Proclaimers, said: “You’ve got everything in there – the pandas, the trams, Sir Sean . . . and, of course, we’re deeply honoured that you have that ‘500 Miles’ line in there. I think both sets of fans will like it. It’s a bit of fun, isn’t it?”

The video was recorded in the Evening News offices in Holyrood Road and on locations throughout the Lothians.

It was filmed by respected Edinburgh filmmaker Dave Tarvit and written by Liam Rudden, Clare Smith and editor Frank O’Donnell.

‘Not too shy to celebrate’

By Frank O’Donnell, editor

A newspaper making a cup final video? Never heard the like of it. This was one reaction from a colleague when I discussed the (slightly mad) idea we were about to embark on.

Well, yes, he’s right. The primary role of newspapers is to hold individuals and organisations to account. To scrutinise, to inform, to educate.

But we also have another function: to celebrate the things we do well.

Edinburgh is one of the greatest cities in the world. We are often too shy in magic Auld Reekie to say this.

Now for the first time in 116 years we have our teams competing in the Scottish Cup final. So what better excuse to remind everyone what a great place we live in.

And so through the medium of football, pandas and comedy we are shouting about why the people and places of the Lothians are brilliant.

If that means a couple of gentle barbs about our neighbour along the M8, well I’m sure they will see the funny side.


@SurePRAberdeen The @edinburghpaper cup final song & video - putting the fun and pride back in to Edinburgh Eve News

@Gordon Aikman *laughs out loud* This is good

@SeanMcP Absolute genius

@TomWFreeman If there was ever any doubt that @edinburghpaper was committed to the city..

@NelHanna The Cabbage win 4-0 and then this...#GoEast by the Paper Shop Boys, It’s Magic!

@crjn I haven’t finished watching the video as I found I was chewing my fist so hard I’d reached my wrist. Well done.

@lynnemccrossan Actually peed myself a little watching this, silly

@Omni_Edinburgh Scottish cup final coming soon. Meanwhile @edinburghpaper boys surpass themselves with this. Pandatastic...

@annaframe It’s rare for a publicist, but I am fully speechless. Wow. Just ... wow.

@NikkiAlison The @edinburghpaper “Go East” video has brightened up an otherwise dull London day.

@peeblesjeweller This video made by the talented people @edinburghpaper made us giggle!