Firework display and orchestral performance mark end of Edinburgh festivals

The capital's festivals season comes to an end on Sunday night with the annual fireworks display over Edinburgh Castle.

Thousands are expected to watch the 45-minute display, which will be accompanied by a performance from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra playing a selection of music inspired by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Shakespeare.

Spectators can either go to one of the official viewing points at Princess Street Gardens, the Ross Theatre and the family area at Inverleith Park or tune into Radio Forth 1 and 2 from their own vantage point.

The display begins at 9pm on Sunday. Entry to Princes Street Gardens and Inverleith Park is open from 7pm.

Road closures will be place throughout the day. Full details are at the bottom of this article.

The performance and fireworks come after four weeks of festivals in the capital.

The international book festival saw a record number of visitors to Charlotte Square. Meanwhile, the fringe saw a slight decrease in ticket sales, down by 1% on the year before.

The Edinburgh International Festival, which runs the festival fireworks as its closing event, saw advance ticket sales up by 8%.

Princes Street will be closed between 6am and 10am and then 6pm to 1.30am. Frederick Street and Castle Street will be shut between 12.30pm and 1.30am.

Between 6pm and 1.30am, the Mound, Hanover Street, Rose Street, Market Street, North Bank Street, Bank Street, Mound Place, Ramsay Lane, Ramsay Gardens, St Giles Street and George IV Bridge will be closed.

From 7.30pm until 1.30am, Princes Street, Lothian Road, Shandwick Place, Calton Hill, South Charlotte Street, Waverley Bridge, South St David Street, St Andrew Square, North St Andrew Street, South Street, Andrew Street, Meuse lane, West Register Street, West Register Street Lane, Register Place and Carriage Drive will also be shut.

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