The Games mascot Big Nessie entertains the crowds at the opening ceremony of the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games 1986, held at Meadowbank stadium.

Take a look back at the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games with these 15 amazing archive photos

It's been 33 years since the eventful - and controversial - Commonwealth Games of 1986 in Edinburgh.

The Games went down in history thanks to a toxic mixture of political machinations, financial headaches and a corrupt newspaper owner. Take a look back at the controversial event in these archive photos of sportsmen, mascots and spectators.

In 1970 Edinburgh had hosted what was considered the best and biggest Games ever, so to many it only seemed natural that the city should host them again in 1986.

1. New hallmarks for the silver baton for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games

In 1970 Edinburgh had hosted what was considered the best and biggest Games ever, so to many it only seemed natural that the city should host them again in 1986.
Crauford Tait
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The Royal Commonwealth Pool and Meadowbank Stadium were still in good condition. Even the velodrome was still going strong.

2. An aerial shot of the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games at Meadowbank stadium

The Royal Commonwealth Pool and Meadowbank Stadium were still in good condition. Even the velodrome was still going strong.
Albert Jordan
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An entirely new Meadowbank Station was built specifically to be used for a shuttle service during the Games.

3. Work starts on Games railway station

An entirely new Meadowbank Station was built specifically to be used for a shuttle service during the Games.
Jack Crombie
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The Games required 1000 volunteers in total for the games, including drivers, stewards and security staff.

4. Commonwealth Games volunteer campaign

The Games required 1000 volunteers in total for the games, including drivers, stewards and security staff.
Hamish Campbell
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