Home and Schools
"I was born at 54
and attended Leith Walk
primary school from 1950, then on to
"As children, we all played in the
street and with skipping ropes and tennis balls. We
bounced two or three against the wall at the front of 'the big
school' i.e. Norton Park. We all got very good at
keeping the balls bouncing on the ground, then onto the wall and
catching them and starting all over again.
Another thing we did was to put a tennis
ball in one of my Mum's stockings, stand against the wall with our backs
to it and throw it to the wall behind one shoulder, then the other, then
to the side of one leg and then the other, but keeping it all going in a
rhythm. That was quite skilled when I think about it."
"I remember, when it was bonfire time, that
the boys in Albion Road had battles with the boys from Bothwell street
(who we named 'the Bosiannas') who we always blamed for stealing our
wood for the bonfire. They in turn blamed us!!!"
"We girls sang all the old songs featured in
'The Singing Streets' as we played:
- The Wind the Wind the Wind Blows
- Rabbie Burns was born in Ayr
"I remember that my pocket money was a
sixpence which I got every Friday. I used to go round to Easter
road to Demarcos ice cream shop, run by Tony and Francis, and spend my
sixpence on 6 ice lollies, three were chocolate and three were
With these six Lollies I would sit at the
end of Albion Road, on the pavement with my feet in the gutter, three
ice lollies to each hand, and would eat the lot!!"
"When the football was on, on Saturdays, the
fans would come from Easter Road, down Bothwell Street, over the Bridge,
and were kept in, maybe, eight people to a line all the way up Albion
Terrace, with police on horses either side of the line.
This was at the time of Bobby Johnstone and
other well known Hibs players would saunter over the bridge and make
their way to the stadium just before the crowd started - no
big cars or big money in these days, just nice men who would chat to the
children as they passed."
My special friends were
Andrea Munro and
Elizabeth Owens but lost touch years ago.
If anyone has any info regarding them I would love to hear that.
Such happy days. So many memories - too many
to write down. As everyone has said before, there was no money, no
pretty clothes but I couldn't have had a happier childhood. Wonderful
Kathleen Knox (née Kinghorn): 7