20 photos of the Edinburgh Festival in the 1960s that show how much it has changed

Started in 1947, the annual Edinburgh International Festival is now a huge part of the city's identity.

Thursday, 15th August 2019, 3:27 pm
Duncan M Weatherstone LP with members of the Edinburgh Festival Voluntary Guides Association

These photographs from the 1960s show just how much the Festival has changed and grown over the last five decades.

The act rehearse marching over Diana Quick from the Oxford Revue
Taken during the 1960 Edinburgh Festival
Taken during the Edinburgh Festival 1966

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During Edinburgh Festival 1962
Taken in August 1966. The sign behind him reads 'Site of the New Royal Lyceum Theatre'
Taken in 1967, on the Royal Mile
Taken outside the Edinburgh Festival Office/Edinburgh Accommodation Bureau on Cambridge Street, 1967
Taken at the Edinburgh Festival Press Bureau in 1967
They attended the 1966 Edinburgh Festival
In picture, the three men sitting on the window sill are (L-R) Tom Baker (later of Doctor Who), Laurence Harvey and Jim Dale
Taken at the official opening of the Edinburgh Festival, 1967
Seen from Calton Hill in August 1966
It marched along Princes Street during the Edinburgh Festival in August 1966
Taken during the Edinburgh Festival in August 1966
They were leaving after a performance of the Edinburgh Tattoo in August 1966
It was for The Winter's Tale and The Trojan Women at the Edinburgh Festival in August 1966
At the Poppin Snack Bar, August 1966
Held in the grounds of George Heriot's school in August 1966
The city lit up at night during the Festival in August 1966
Performed in 1962, the play was based on the life of famous Edinburgh Professor of Anatomy, Dr Knox, and the notorious body snatchers, Burke and Hare