Come along to Custom House on 21 November:¬†https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/choose-life-choose-leith-a-conversation-with-tim-bell-tickets-77279696653 . It’s ticketed but free. I’ll be in conversation with Gordon Munro, man of Leith, city councillor and Labour candidate in the December general election. The occasion is meant to be part of a wider conversation within Leith and further afield about learning to live with our Trainspotting past, and Custom House, right on Commercial Street saw a lot of on-street prostitution in those days, which was strongly associated with the heroin scene and the arrival of HIV.

We have been hoping to get an illicit drug support agency to come along, but they don’t find it easy to show themselves in public. But Waverley Care will be there. Both the drug scene and the HIV situation have moved on a lot since the days of Trainspotting, and it’s always good to be up to date!