This past weekend was the end of a light show celebrating the 250th anniversary of Edinburgh’s New Town – called ‘Georgian Shadows’, although it was really mostly the opposite of shadows, with people made out of light projected onto the buildings.
On Saturday night I managed to look around the buildings near St Andrew’s Square, after getting back quite late from the Borders.
General Register House was decorated with words from the original New Town proposals.
Dundas House had a light show which picked out different elements of its architecture.
The Melville Monument was telling the story of the plans, moving from the old town to the new.
By Sunday night the clocks had changed and there wasn’t much darkness – instead it was that deep blue twilight which is the real shadow time.
The Georgian House in Charlotte Square had the only real shadows, setting the table for dinner.
The link boy, carrying his torch, was the element which ran through all the different light shows – he turned up at some point on every building.
At the Assembly Rooms a queue of ladies and gentlemen were waiting to get in.
And St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church – the oldest in the New Town, opened as St Andrew’s in 1784 – was showing portraits of some of the early inhabitants – here two sedan chairmen wait for a customer.