Newspaper staff in Edinburgh have ensured the capital’s two teams go head to head singing at this year’s Scottish Cup final.
Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News employees have joined forces to record an east coast adaptation of the Pet Shop Boys’ hit, Go West.
Go East, penned by the Evening News’ newly appointed editor, Frank O’ Donnell, with the help of arts and entertainment editor Liam Rudden, wishes local sides Hearts and Hibernian well ahead of the game on Saturday. It is the first time the two Edinburgh teams have met in the final since 1896.
An accompanying video posted on YouTube shows staff, including O’Donnell, singing along to the song, as well as a pair of pandas, who appear around the city, from the Forth Bridge to Princes Street.
Jibing at the Glasgow teams usually dominating the tournament, The Paper Shop Boys' lyrics include: “Go East, there’s real football there; Go East, free from the tax man’s glare.”
But the song is not without a poke at Edinburgh’s own issues, with pandas pictured alongside ongoing tram works while singers chant: “And if we make a stand…we’ll get our promised trams.”
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