In 1947, rations were still in place and the Minister for Fuel and Power banned floodlighting the castle at the inaugural International Festival. But the people of Edinburgh felt differently. They wanted visitors to appreciate their magnificent castle, floodlit at night. Hundreds of letters and telegrams poured in with generous offers to donate coal rations. The Minister had no choice but to relent. The castle was lit up using Edinburgh's private coal rations for four nights from dusk to midnight during the International Festival, and visitors from all over the world felt warmly welcomed by the whole city.