Balmoral Hotel



Balmoral Hotel, Portobello, 1938

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Ken Gordon,
Daviot, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


Balmoral Hotel, Portobello


Thank you to Ken Gordon, Daviot, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland for allowing me to reproduce this photograph of the Balmoral Hotel, Portobello.

Ken wrote:

"My Granny and Grandpa bought the Balmoral Hotel some time in the 1930s.

My Grandpa was a watchmaker in Lasswade but with the opening of Woolworth’s in Edinburgh and the sale of costume jewellery available for 3d or 6d his business disappeared overnight.  He therefore sold up and bought the Balmoral.

The photo above has a note on the back which says: 'I hope this picture will always remind you, yours truly Swiss boy Railtrey (name very unclear) Portobello 24th Sept 1938'.”

Here is another photo of the hotel, this one taken four years earlier and also sent to me by Ken.

Balmoral Hotel, Portobello - 1934 ©


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