Eric Gold of East London, formerly Dumbiedykes, adds:
"The photo of Holyrood Road with Wullie
and his brother was is great.
Nathan's Rag Store
In the distance, you can see the tunnel in
the Cowgate where Nathan's, the rag store, was.
The tunnel that Eric refers to is just visible to the
left of the head of the distant figure in this picture. This is
where the Cowgate passes under North Bridge. This was the scene of the
Old Town Fire in December 2002.
- Peter Stubbs
Salvation Army Hostel
"At the junction in the middle of this
picture where the Pleasance, St Mary's Street, Holyrood Road
and Cowgate meet, you can see the Salvation Army Hostel were all the
hobos (drunks and 'down and out's) would stay.
would sit in the Cowgate and in the stairwell from the High School
Yards and drink mentholated spirits or anything they could get there
My mother would say to me: 'Keep well
clear of them as they are the Bogyman's cousins', and I stayed well
clear of them. Mind you, they never mugged you and only asked you for
a few pennies."
"Next to the Salvation Army Hostel there
was a tailors called "Stobbie Tailors" and they sold second-hand suits
and clothes in the 1950's.
I remember my mother taking me down there
for a school uniform in 1953 when I started school. Stobbie was well
known to all and sundry in the Dumbiedykes area."
Eric Gold, East London: July 3 + 21, 2006