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A review of the week in Edinburgh from farewell fireworks to golden bling

There has been a great deal going on over the last seven days so here’s a reminder.

Al Shields
Ian Schofield

It’s been something of a transition week in Scotland’s capital as the last of the summer festivals signalled farewell and the city settled into a quieter time….or was it?

The summer festivals may have gone but, well it is Edinburgh after all and there is always a raft of activity going on in the city.

Sunday was a day of celebration as the 18th Edinburgh Mela came to a close after delighting thousands at Leith Links over three days.

Later that evening there was the hugely popular fireworks display from the castle which caught the attention of hundreds of thousands of people for miles around – even residents in Fife enjoyed the show.

Prior to the spectacle we caught up with the man who creates the extraordinary display, pyrotechnics expert Keith Webb.

Keith Webb

You can collected some of the best pictures from the night on STV Edinburgh.

Also on Sunday, Maddie the dancing dog stepped out into the arena at Ingliston to entertain the crowds at the Love Pets Show.

The start of the working week brought exciting news to the city as Sir Chris Hoy’s return to his home town was announced. He’ll be back on Sunday, September 16 to show off his Olympic gold medals on an open top bus tour in Edinburgh – check out the route on our site.

The famous cyclist will be presented with freedom of the city and will celebrate with a civic reception at the recently refurbished Assembly Rooms.

Edinburgh musicians embraced the STV Appeal 2012 by donating their talents and delighting the crowd at The VooDoo Rooms to the charity.

The gig featured vocal harmony group Three Little Birds, soloist Al Shields, dream-pop ensemble Collar Up and headliners Matt Norris and the Moon.

Three Little Birds; Patricia Scott, Nicola Marshall and Moira McKay open the gig

Local toddlers group Little Steps got wellied into the spirit of the campaign to raise more than £1100 through tea parties and one woman even chopped her hair off. You can read about their efforts online.

On Wednesday An STV investigation found that the annual council spend for school uniforms available to for parents in difficulty has gone down 4% in Edinburgh. Find out how figures in the capital compare with the rest of Scotland

This week tickets went on sale for the hotly anticipated fourth Night at the Museum at the national museum on Chambers Street.

Towards the end of this week, 450 soldiers from 1 Scots held a farewell parade ahead of a six-month tour in Afghanistan. Children from Colinton Primary School waved goodbye to the troops as they were led by the Pipes and Drums from Dreghorn Barracks to Colinton Church for a service.

This weekend sees the return of Edinburgh’s famous son Sir Chris Hoy who will be taking part in the city’s first Sky Ride event where thousands are expected to turn out and take to their bikes.

Saturday also marks the start of the ice hockey season when the Edinburgh Capitals host local rivals the Fife Flyers at Murrayfield. We’ve got a video from the rink ahead of their first match, check it out.

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