Media Release: This is the story… Edinburgh housing association is part of Scottish music history

LINK Group can ‘proclaim’ to be part of Scottish music history after learning that a seminal Scottish band’s first album was written in one of its properties.

Filming a message for staff, as part of Link’s 50th birthday celebrations, former Link tenants, Craig and Charlie Reid, revealed that getting into one of Link’s cluster flats in Lyne Street, Edinburgh, when they were 19, was “one of the great bits of fortune they ever had”.

After staying there for 18 months, they secured a transfer to another of Link’s properties in Dean Village, Edinburgh.

It was in this flat as Craig remembered: “…The Proclaimers began…we could rehearse there, we wrote songs there and instantly we started as The Proclaimers … and it kind of went on from there.”

And, as Charlie confirmed: “The entire first album (This is the Story) would have been written in that flat.”

Craig and Charlie also described how they had “nothing but good memories of Link… they treated us really well… they treated tenants with respect and (we) were extremely grateful that we got those flats”.

At the end of the film, Craig and Charlie also took the opportunity to say thanks to everybody at Link and all the best for the future.

Craig Sanderson, Link’s chief executive, said: “Perhaps we need to put a ‘blue plaque’ on the building at Dean Village to recognise this.

“I was delighted to meet Craig and Charlie and congratulated them on the 25th anniversary of the birth of The Proclaimers.

“When the film was shown at our staff conference, I suggested that everyone should show their appreciation by buying tickets for the latest concert tour – but I believe that Glasgow and Edinburgh concerts were already sold out.”

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