Edinburgh 2016 A year in pictures with The Edinburgh Reporter


The Palace of Holyroodhouse where Her Majesty the Queen stays when she comes to Edinburgh, and where she accepts (and immediately returns) the keys of the city from The Lord Provost.

Alan Cumming was the star of Edinburgh International Festival with his show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, but the after party Club Cumming was the hottest ticket in town!
Crowd surfing at a whole new level....
Sir Elton John wowed the crowd at Meadowbank Stadium. His music has entertained us over many decades. He will celebrate his 70th birthday in 2017.
Harry Benson CBE

A free exhibition at the Scottish Parliament in 2016 included a collection of Harry Benson’s photographs taken in America over the last 50 years. He told us he was hopeful that his photo of Hillary Clinton and her husband would become a real bestseller when she was elected President. He had just finished photographing Donald Trump for a 10-page spread in Time magazine. As we all know now, Trump went on to become President-Elect, something which Benson who lives in New York said we should be very worried about.

The Scott Monument

The City of Edinburgh Council fitted new lighting on the Scott Monument this year, completed in time for the anniversary of Scott’s death in September 2016, and which illuminates the Gothic spire every night.

This is in Waverley Station, said to be the only railway station to be named after a novel?
It takes a lot of coffee to bring you The Edinburgh Reporter
And this year we brought you The Edinburgh Reporter in print!
Loads of people read the first print edition in summer 2016!
Susan Calman comedian on top of Calton Hill
The second print edition was published on 30 November 2016. Did you get your copy?.
The Witchery

Edinburgh is blessed with many great restaurants, but James Thomson has made an indelible mark on the city with his fine dining here at The Witchery, at The Tower on Chambers Street and at Prestonfield House.

The Indy Camp

The Indy camp took up many column inches this year particularly on the BBC website where Philip Sim live tweeted proceedings from the Court of Session. The campers were eventually evicted in November, but the court process was if nothing else hugely entertaining. At one point police took a man dressed in robes who referred to himself as Jesus Christ out of the court after a disturbance there. The case cost The Scottish Parliament £105,889.65 although the order against the campers will not be enforced until their application for a Supreme Court appeal is dealt with on 10 January 2017. One of the campers said that he was 'skint' and that in any case Christ had come back to Earth thus relieving the campers of any obligation to pay the costs.

Edinburgh Castle the centrepiece of many of our photowalks!
The Supermoon behind one of the braziers at Edinburgh Castle
A stylised view of the St James Centre which is now being demolished to make way for an £850,000 development of residential, retail and hotel.
Colony of Artists exhibition

The Colony of Artists show off their work from their own homes, which allows visitors to experience the pieces in a very personal setting. The event has grown year by year and now attracts people from all over Edinburgh and beyond.

Charlotte Square Garden

The garden in Charlotte Square is always home to the Edinburgh International Book Festival each August, and in December there was a CEO sleep out to raise funds for the Social Bite Charity who plan a homeless village in Granton.

Probably the best photo our John Preece took all year in our view!
Although John is on the touchline at many matches always ready for the action shot!
The Balmoral Hotel where the clock always runs three minutes fast except on Hogmanay when it is set to strike midnight at the correct time.
Five Guys Named Moe helped kick off Edinburgh's Christmas on George Street and have played to packed houses in the Festival Square Theatre. Such a feel good show!
The Lord Provost the Rt Hon Donald Wilson with Up Helly Aa Vikings at the New Year Torchlight Procession in December 2015
Edinburgh is particularly magical at Christmas time
As the old year draws to a close we wish you all a very Happy and prosperous 2017.
And remember spring is just around the corner.......

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