"I just wanted to add, regarding the
small electrical shop that Levi Smith mentions in his
Recollections 1 above."
"I served my apprenticeship there from 1960 to
1965. The shop was owned by a James W McLellan, who was there until
about 1970 when he retired, aged about 75!
He began there in the 1950s having been the
manager of the Edinburgh, Frederick Street branch of a Portobello firm
called Cole and Company that ceased trading.
By 1966, I had left the little electrical shop
and gone abroad. There were two
journeymen employed there:
Davie Gilroy (known as íthe man with the five
- Bert Aldridge, who was based in the
then Caledonian Hotel, where I also was for about two years.
The other apprentice at the shop was about 4
years behind me. His name was Stephen Haynes."
The Shop Next Door
"The shop next door, where I often went for a
ham or cheese roll, (probably about 4d in those days) was run by Mr and
Mrs Putt. He had reddish hair and a moustache, looked a bit like
More Electrical Shop
"At that time, every electrical wholesaler on
the planet was in the George St / Queen St / Frederick St / Hanover St
area - to name a few:
Wood and Cairns
- Sinclair Campbell Kinghorn
Sloans (became Edmundsons)
T T Young.
I think there were more, but I canít remember
I hope these facts will jog a few memories."
James Tarbet, Edinburgh: 2 July, 2015