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Sir Sean visits site of his childhood Edinburgh home

Image caption Sir Sean's childhood home was demolished in the 1960s

Sir Sean Connery has returned to the Edinburgh street where he was born 80 years ago to unveil a plaque in the regenerated area.

The James Bond actor visited the site of 176 Fountainbridge, a block which was demolished in the 1960s.

The plaque has been erected at Springside, a new housing and office development just yards from the star's childhood home.

Sir Sean said the it was now a "very different area" from when he grew up.

The plaque, which reads: "Sean Connery, Born Fountainbridge, (25 August 1938), Oscar winning actor, International film star", has been erected to mark his childhood home.

Sir Sean, who was knighted in 2000, said: "Then, it was an industrial area which left a significant imprint on my life, as well as on the city of Edinburgh.

"Now it is a much more pleasant area in which to live, visit and work, with new homes, offices, businesses and open spaces replacing the old factories and tenements.

"And I am sure that the community spirit I remember will be maintained throughout this transformation."

He also met staff from the newly-created Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), which brings together the city's Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

He said: "I am honoured that the Centenary of Cinema plaque recognises my work in the world of film.

"And it is fitting that film, which has played such a major part in my life, will play an important role in the regeneration of Fountainbridge."

Dr Ali Afshar, director of the site's developer, AMA, said: "It is great honour to welcome Sir Sean back to his childhood home. Now is a good time to visit Fountainbridge and much has changed since he grew up there.

"Celebrating Sir Sean's achievement is one way of promoting Fountainbridge's rich heritage, and we are delighted to be involved in the Centre of Moving Image, which will provide a wonderful and lasting cultural focus for the area."

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