paternal grandparents stayed in Bonnington Avenue, just opposite Graham
My parents were brought up
in Leith and I was born there (well, in Edinburgh
and have so many happy childhood memories of the area around W. Bowling
* Leith became part of Edinburgh in 1920.
Back Green Concerts
"I believe that I
was at what must have been one of the last 'back-green concerts' in the
area, probably in 1952 or 1953.
Such a happy
I would have been
about 6 or 7 years old, but I remember people saying: "This'll be the
last". Everybody took a kitchen chair or stool to sit on, but there
were benches as well. My granny gave me a 'piece' to take down but
sandwiches and sausage rolls were handed round, and I think mashed
I remember a man
with an accordion and various singers belting out the old favourites.
Of course these were people from the tenements that had a 'good voice'.
There were songs that everybody joined in too. I remember the folk that
couldn't come down hanging out of the windows all round the back
green enjoying the concert.
The concert I was at
was a joint effort between West Bowling Green St and Graham Street.
Eileen Wallace, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland: October