Scottish Open Air Holiday Show
Scotsman Publications Ltd.
here for web site details. Licensed by
Scran, Photo 99993482
Scran 000-000-054-229 Photo published: Feb 20, 1960**
In fact, this photo was probably
taken in 1961 or 1962. See reply 1 below.
Thank you to Brian Alexander who wrote:
"Some of the photos added to the
EdinPhoto web site recently are real nostalgic photos of the old
Waverley Market. I had forgotten how many different events
were held there."
"I do remember the Carnival and how cold
it was inside the market. One photo of particular interest is this
one with the heading: 'Scottish Open Air Holiday Show' dated Feb 20
I think SCRAN have, once again, got the
year wrong. The photo shows Doug Templeton on the left and Alf
Wells on right. This must be 1961 at the earliest, possibly 1962
and not 1960, as Alf was not riding for Edinburgh Monarchs in
1960. He is from New Zealand and began his career with
Edinburgh at the start of the 1961 season.
However, it's great to see the old
JAP-engined speedway bikes. The photo on the backboard above Doug's
right hand (there are two copies of the same photo there) is Peter
Craven wearing an England International race jacket. Sadly,
Peter was killed following a track crash at Old Meadowbank in 1963."
Brian Alexander, Prestonfield, Edinburgh:
December 12, 2011
St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands
Thank you to Liz Miller who also
identified the same two riders.
"On this Speedway stand are:
the modelís right, Dougie Templeton
to her left, New Zealander, Alf Wells.
Donít they look so young?
I used to be at Meadowbank every
Saturday until it closed, and then followed the Monarchs at
Coatbridge until I came to Jersey in 1969.
I also followed them at
White City in Glasgow, and at many a
stadium down South, too. Happy days!"
Liz Miller, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands:
December 12, 2011