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The inscription on a bench in West Princes Street Gardens

presented to the citizens of Edinburgh by

United States Air Force

RAF Kirknewton

Bench beside the Scottish American War Memorial, West Princes Street Gardens

Inscription on a bench presented to Edinburgh by Officers and Airmen of United States Air Force, RAF Kirknewton, March 1962

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                   Photographed January 8, 2007 at 12.30pm

 

Bench beside the Scottish American War Memorial

This Picture shows the inscription on one of the benches in West Princes Street Gardens.  The bench was presented by the Officers and Airmen of the United States Air Force, RAF Kirknewton.

RAF Kirknewton was a Royal Air Force (RAF) base about 10 miles SW of Edinburgh.  It also housed United States Air Force personnel in the 1950s and 1960s.

The bench is, appropriately, situated close to Scottish-American War Memorial in West Princes Street Gardens.  The photo below shows its position in the gardens

A bench presented to Edinburgh by Officers and Airmen of United States Air Force, RAF Kirknewton, March 1962 ,

It looks to the south, into the gardens, towards the Ross Fountain and Edinburgh Castle on Castle Hill.

Postcard of the Ross Fountain in Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle in the style of an oil painting

 

Update

1.

Bench beside the
Scottish American War Memorial

Thank you to Hank Kaczynski for giving me the update below:

1960s

"The base at RAF Kirknewton closed down in 1966 after 14 years of use by the USAF Security Service.

In March 1962, the Lord Provost held a reception for the officers and airman at the City Chambers and a bench was presented to the Citizens of Edinburgh in appreciation of their warm hospitality.

The bench was located in the West Princes Street Gardens and was a 'must visit' when former RAF Kirknewton airman visited the city."

2007

    Inscription on a bench presented to Edinburgh by Officers and Airmen of United States Air Force, RAF Kirknewton, March 1962

"A photograph taken in 2007 showed the bench sorely in need of refurbishing. I sent an e-mail to the City of Edinburgh regarding the state of the bench. Our association was going to see what we could do to get it repaired."

2009

"On 28 July, 2009, I received a response from the City Park Contracts Officer with two photos showing that the bench had been refurbished.

It now has a different plaque which I believe is better than the original.  It includes a quotation from Robert Burns."

Henry (Hank) Kaczynski, Annapolis, Maryland, USA:  July 28, 2009

The new plaque reads:

IN TOKEN OF GRATITUDE TO THE LORD PROVOST
 MAGISTRATES AND COUNCIL THE CITY OFFICIALS
 AND PEOPLE OF EDINBURGH FOR THE ENDURING
 FRIENDSHIP HOSPITALITY AND GOODWILL EXTENDED
 TO THE OFFICERS AND AIRMEN OF THE 695 2
ND.
 SECURITY GROUP U.S.A. F.S.S. R.A.F. KIRKNEWTON
 DURING THEIR FOURTEEN YEARS OF DUTY IN SCOTLAND
1952-1966

THO' I WERE DOOM'D TO WANDER ON

BEYOND THE SEA BEYOND THE SUN

TILL MY LAST WEARY SAND WAS RUN

TILL THEN  - AND THEN I'D LOVE THEE.

ROBERT BURNS

 

Update

2.

Bench beside the
Scottish American War Memorial

Thank you to Hank Kaczynski for writing again with further details.

Henry wrote:

Two Benches

"It now appears we have had two benches in the gardens for a number of years without most of us knowing it. The first from March 1962 and the second with the Burns quotation.  We're  trying to find it's origins."

Henry (Hank) Kaczynski, Annapolis, Maryland, USA:  July 30, 2009

The bench on the right in this photo is the one with the Burns quotation.

A bench presented to Edinburgh by Officers and Airmen of United States Air Force, RAF Kirknewton, March 1962 ,

 I don't know where in the gardens the other bench is.

Peter Stubbs:  August 5, 2009

Update

3.

Benches beside the
Scottish American War Memorial

Hank Kaczynski replied:

Henry wrote:

Two Benches

"A Kirknewton veteran residing in Scotland tells me that the benches are on either side of the Scottish-American memorial"

Henry (Hank) Kaczynski, Annapolis, Maryland, USA:  August 5, 2009

 

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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