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Memories of the Fireworks Concert - Lorna McLaren

Lorna McLaren, Scottish Chamber Orchestra First Violin, shares some of her memories of the Fireworks Concert.

In the early years, part of the excitement was the novelty of this new event. Massive crowds gathered to see the fireworks and it took ages to fight your way through to the bandstand.

The Fireworks Concert took place on a Thursday and the Orchestra was often busy with other concerts on the same day. One year we were playing for a ballet company at the Playhouse at the top of Leith Walk. The only way we could get from there to the Ross Bandstand on time was with a police escort! Four motorbike outriders accompanied our coach along Queen Street with sirens blaring!

Weather has always played its part. In 1985, the year BBC2 decided to film the fireworks, Edinburgh was shrouded in fog.

The roof of the Ross Bandstand was only recently extended to cover the front of the stage. Before that, rain would gather in the tarpaulin and pour through the lights and electric cables.

The best view the players get of the fireworks is the reflection through the windows on Princes Street.

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