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Recollections

Students' Rag Week

Edinburgh

 

Recollections

1.

Keith Main

London

Thank you to Keith Main, who wrote:

Rag Week

"I remember Students' Rag Week.
It was actually called something else, not 'Rag'.
Any idea
 My sis will know.  She was crowned (1st ever) Mis Heriot Watt in 1969, so was heavily involved in fund-raising!

At the end of the summer term, students at Edinburgh's Unis (Universities) and Colleges held various charity fund-raisers.

The week culminated in a big procession along Princes Street on the Saturday, a well attended event with crowds five deep along the street.

Princes Street Procession

Each year had a different theme, and the students became creative with their fancy dress.  Themes included:

- Arabian Nights:  the tongue-in-cheek fund-raising slogan  was Sheik Ya Money (Sheik Yamani).

-   Italian:  Giovanni Lolli?

-  JapaneseGeisha Money

There were:

  pipers, marching bands and majorettes

-    jugglers and clowns

-    Armed Forces

There were open floats with dragons, knights' castles, pirate galleons and farmyard scenes, or elaborately decorated as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or other popular films.  I even remember one done up as the Beatles' Yellow Submarine.

You had to dodge the flour bombs being hurled at the crowd by the participants.  People always ended up with white hair that day  -  and your Mum would not be happy about the state of your clothes when you got home.

Great fun!

Keith Main, London:  December 22+23, 2008

 

Recollections

2.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland, Australia

Thank you to Bob Sinclair, who wrote:

The Students' Procession

"The big day was known as The Students Procession.  My most vivid memory of the day, around 1950, concerned a man who had a real go at a student for rattling a can under his nose while he was trying to access his wee tobacconist's shop just north of Drummond Street and opposite the Old Quad.

He was a regular.  He parked his car there and went in for his pockle - a daily occurrence."

The Following Day

"The students were ready for him the following day. They were equipped with barriers, bricks and quick drying cement.

As his car approached the tobacconist's a few of them went in at the back of each other.  In turn, they asked as many awkward questions about the products they were buying as they could think of.

Meanwhile, outside, the barriers were put in place and a little wall was erected around the car, about two or three bricks high.  Before he exited the tobacconist's all the barriers and work gang had vanished.

I was on the opposite side of the road when the man came out. Though I could not hear what he said, for the sound of the traffic ,I could see the colour of his face quite distinctly.

After he calmed down and paid up, and the offending wall was pulled down."

Students' Floats

"I worked in the Natural Philosophy (Physics) Dept and we had an engineering capability.  So we used to help the students build some of the floats used on Procession Day.

It was good fun and we didn't mind putting in a bit of unpaid overtime to see the job completed."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  January 17, 2010

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks