"Seeing something about
Henderson Street, Leith, caused me to think about the Bethesda
Mission there, run by Alex Redpath, that I was involved in as I
was growing up. I was a neighbour of the Redpaths"
"We did many things, including
homes around that area, such as the Kirkgate. We often went
into homes where the people didn't have any electricity or gas.
They just sat by a very low coal fire, if they were lucky - but
they were so glad to have someone visit them.
How scary that was, back then,
for a youngster not even at Secondary School. I wouldn't
dream of allowing my children to do this, and yet came to no harm
came to us then.
We had open-air
services, down by the
Water of Leith, making tea and a sticky buns for those who came
into the 'tea meetings' later.
The 'tea meetings' were held in
the Mission, quite a small single- fronted shop. Happy Days,
I'd love to hear from anyone who
remembers the Redpaths or the Mission."
Avril Finlayson Smith: Message posted in
EdinPhoto guestbook: November 16, 2010