Heavy snow hits the Royal Mile in Edinburgh in February 1996. (Photo: UNKNOWN)
The city’s world-famous
Hogmanay street party was at its peak. A free event in those days, celebrations that year were recognised by the Guinness Book of Records at the world's largest New Year party, with a staggering 400,000 people in attendance.
Stephen Hendry was in his pomp. The snooker ace, from South Queensferry, received the Evening News’ sports personality of the year award in 1996, which surely takes equal pride of place alongside the seven World Snooker Championship titles on his mantelpiece.
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photo gallery, and be taken back to 1996. Heavy traffic and diversions were not a new thing in Edinburgh in 1996. (Photo: UNKNOWN) Big crowds turned out to see the 1996 Festival Cavalcade. (Photo: DENIS STRAUGHAN) The 1996 Educational Institue of Scotland march saw teachers, pupils and parents come together to demonstrate over cuts in education. (Photo: BILL HENRY) Edinburgh Hogmanay Fun Fair in Waterloo Place, 1996. (Photo: DENIS STRAUGHEN) Revellers celebrating New Year on Princes street at The Mound with Edinburgh Castle in the background. There were a reported 400,000 people in attendance. (Photo: GRAHAM HAMILTON) Bus smash at Russell Street, Edinburgh.A SMT double decker with Hearts fans on board crashed into the low railway bridge. Photo taken on 16/3/96. (Photo: BILL HENRY) Hearts v Raith Rovers at Tynecastle in 1996. (Photo: Tina Norris) Gregor Townsend takes the brunt of the Welsh charge in the Scotland v Wales rugby game, 19 Feb 1996 (Photo: IAN RUTHERFORD) There were heavy storms in November 1996, resulting in trees being damaged on London Road. (Photo: JR) Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party in Edinburgh's Charlotte Square in 1996. (Photo: Hamish Campbell) Fibber Magees won the Evening News Pub of the year in 1996. Bar person Katherline Guthrie is pictured pulling a pint. (Photo: JULIE BULL) Hearts players L TO R Jeremy Goss, Neil McCann and David Weir. New signings in 1996. (Photo: DENIS STRAUGHAN) Trainspotting was a huge hit when it opened in cinemas in 1996. (Photo: Third Party) Scaffolding accident at the under construction Exchange Plaza, where a worker was killed in 1996. (Photo: BILL HENRY) Firefighters try to dampen a fire at the Poundstretcher store at the Fort Kinnaird Retail Park on February 5 1996. Crowds in the High Street watching street performers during the 1996 Edinburgh Festival. (Photo: TINA NORRIS) It was goodbye to legendary Tollcross department store Goldbergs, which was demolished in 1996. (Photo: UNKNOWN) Schools in Edinburgh closed in winter 1996 as janitors staged a wildcat strike outside the City Chambers. (Photo: TINA NORRIS) Hogmanay crowds at The Mound Edinburgh December 1996. (Photo: TSPL) Kevin Harper scores Hibs first goal against Dundee United at Easter Road in 1996. (Photo: Jeremy Stockton) Future prime minister Tony Blair at the Scottish Labour Party Conference, Edinburgh 1996. (Photo: IAN RUTHERFORD) Stephen Hendry wins the Evening News Sports Personality Award for 1996 (Photo: BILL HENRY) Exterior of John Menzies on Princes Street, Edinburgh. (Photo: SUSAN BURRELL) The Waverley Shopping Centre, now Waverley Mall, looked very different in 1996. (Photo: JON SAVAGE)