Remember when: Shop & change

Shoppers on St John's Road, Corstorphine, in 1965
Shoppers on St John's Road, Corstorphine, in 1965
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A hive of activity with its many independent shops and busy eateries, this picture of Corstorphine in 1965 will likely take many readers on a trip down memory lane.

It is true that many of our key shopping areas have changed dramatically over the years, and while many have stood the test of time others no longer resemble the busy centres they once were.

TSB at Cameron Toll opens on a Sunday in 1984

TSB at Cameron Toll opens on a Sunday in 1984

Retailers in the Capital this week voiced concerns over plans in Midlothian to almost double the size of Straiton Retail Park, as well as building a shopping village near Hillend Country Park, fearing the knock-on impact on business in Edinburgh.

If the move goes ahead, our shopping landscape will definitely change once more – even if the financial implications are yet unknown. In October 1984, television crews crammed themselves into the TSB at Cameron Toll to film another change on the city’s business scene as it became the first branch in Britain to open on a Sunday.

There was a queue of customers waiting for the noon opening, which included music and casually dressed staff in an effort to break down, in the words of branch manager Stewart Cumming, the “staid image of banking”.

In July the following year, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in the Capital to open the Waverley Market, receiving so many flowers from onlookers that policewoman Fiona Stirling had to step in to take some of the load.

Another shopping centre to open its doors in the city was at the Gyle back in October 1993. The £68 million venture welcomed 2000 people as the ribbon was cut at its opening to tumultuous applause. Evening News reader Fiona Crolla, a mother-of-four, won a VIP competition to open the centre, arriving by limousine to be a special guest for the day. She took along her son, Pietro, and his friend, Rachel, to share the excitement of the occasion.