In pictures: Edinburgh tram launch

Evening News competition winner Emily Charman, 3, on the tram.
Evening News competition winner Emily Charman, 3, on the tram.
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A mix of politicians, media, Evening News competition winners and future passengers clambered on board and rode the new service from York Place to Edinburgh Airport.

Edinburgh Rugby player Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was joined by rugby fan Tracey Bennet at the newly named BT Murrayfield Stadium tram stop, while three airline staff boarded the tram at the airport.

Competition winner Margaret Siegel was there with three generations of her family and two passengers who had travelled on the last-ever tram in November 1956 – Norman Steven and Alastair Byres. Mrs Siegal, 59, of Greenbank, entered the News competition last week after hearing her 85-year-old mum Jean Elder’s memories of the last time trams ran in the Capital.

She was also joined by her daughter, Angela Charman, 33, and three-year-old granddaughter, Emily Charman.

“It’s a great family memory for us,” she said.

“I’m very impressed with how spacious and smooth the tram is – you also get some wonderful views.

“I’ll make use of the tram to get to the Gyle and airport, after first getting a bus into town.”

Fellow pioneering tram ­passenger Alastair Byres, 66, from Newhaven, was equally impressed with the new ­service – Alastair rode the last city tram with his father at the age of eight.

He said: “I still have the ticket from that last tram ride. At the time no-one thought they’d ever return as the car and buses were supposedly the way forward.

“Now it’s the opposite, I’m delighted that they are back even if they are bit bigger and bolder.”