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THE EDINBURGH USHER HALL LOTHIAN ROAD EDINBURGH

The Usher Hall Edinburgh was opened on 16 March 1914 and was funded by Andrew Usher the whisky Distiller for the sole purpose as a concert hall. The Usher Hall has been used for many different events such as the Commonwealth Games boxing tournament in 1986, Euro-vision Song Contest 1972, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1947 and in 1914 a speech by the then Prime Minister Asquith (The War).

It is still used to this day for concerts.

BELL CLOCK TOWER FESTIVAL SQUARE LOTHIAN ROAD EDINBURGH

The Bell Tower and Clock was presented to he City of Edinburgh by Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd Scotch Whisky Distillers of Perth in 1962. The Clock was originally positioned outside the Usher Hall (possibly as the Usher hall was funded by Andrew Usher and name after him) the clock proved unpopular with concert-goers because its chimes every quarter Hour which was heard over the concert music in the hall. The clock became silent in 2002 due to a fault. In 2010, the clock was taken across the road To its present position in Festival Square but the chimes have never been heard again even though they were fixed. 

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Festival Square Lothian Road Edinburgh

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WOMAN AND CHILD STATUE LOTHIAN ROAD EDINBURGH

The statue represents and honours all those killed or imprisoned for their stand against apartheid. The statue was unveiled in 1986 by Suganya Chetty, a member of the African National Congress then living in exile in Edinburgh. For those who do not remember, Nelson Mandela was released on 11th February 1990 after being imprisoned for 27 years and died in 2013 at the age of 99 years. The Father of South Africa.

WOMAN AND CHILD

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Sean Connery (James Bond 007)

Thomas Sean Connery was born in Fountainbridge Edinburgh in August 1930.

He was educated at Darroch Academy and started work as a milkman delivering milk to the local houses. Joined the navy, 3rd place in Mr Universe in 1950, in 1962 became a house hold name as James Bond and the rest is history.  

Ronald Balfour “Ronnie” Corbett OBE

Ronald Balfour “Ronnie” Corbett OBE was born in Edinburgh on 4 December 1930. He lived in a house in Marchmont Crescent Edinburgh.  He is a Scottish actor and comedian and is best known for his association with Ronnie Barker in the series The Two Ronnies.  He was educated at the Royal High School in Edinburgh.  He has worked in film, television and on stage since the 1950s sadly died in March 2016.

ALASTAIR SIM (ACTOR)

The Film House Lothian Road has a plaque to Alistair Sim

Alastair Sim was born in Edinburgh on 9 October 1900. 

He was a Scottish character actor who appeared in a string of classic British Films.  He played Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1951 film Scrooge and also the role of Miss Fritton, the headmistress in two St Trinian’s films. The original school was at 10 Palmerston Road in Edinburgh now a private residence described by Ronnie Corbett as a “sad-faced actor, with the voice of a fastidious ghoul”.

THE EDINBURGH FILM HOUSE LOTHIAN ROAD EDINBURGH 

The Edinburgh Film House Lothian Road Edinburgh

is the home of the Edinburgh International Film Festival was originally opened in 1978 and extended in 1985. The Filmhouse is a publicly funded cinema and is open 7 days a week showing all genre of films from foreign to arthouse and has three screens. 

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Women of Achievement - Lynda Myles

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Linda Myles was born in Arbroath in 1947

A film and television producer and director of the Edinburgh Film Festival for 8 years. She had success as a producer with a number of independent film including The Commitments in 1991. She also received a British Film Industry special award for services to the film industry.

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