Where once only the sounds of heavy industry could be heard, now you can hear the sweet refrains of music and warm ripples of applause.

With a bit of imagination, Leith Walk could be one of the grandest streets in Edinburgh. It is already one of the most interesting but on a sunny September afternoon you can see beyond the shuttered windows to the castle on the horizon.  Picture a tram gliding up from  waterfront to city centre.  And there you have it, a European capital. Or at any rate a northern city with the true grit and guts of Gateshead. Continue reading