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Tacky’ Christmas market inflames battle for the soul of Edinburgh

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A huge festive market in genteel Princes Street Gardens has angered residents who feel their city is being lost to tourismFor some, it was about as welcome as a kazoo in the middle of Swan Lake. Poundland, prince of budget shops, was unveiled last week on Edinburgh’s Princes Street, once the most exclusive stretch of shopping real estate in Scotland.Not long ago, the appearance of the no-frills retailer on this classic boulevard would have seen locals produce smelling salts. Across the road, though, in stately Princes Street Gardens, another interloper is causing much more consternation. For the next month or so, this green space that sits in front of Edinburgh castle will be done up like a cheap Christmas tree and made to resemble a Bavarian village in winter – but only if you’ve never been to Bavaria. Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2019-11-23 14:35:03

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