Girls at School
"I think I can explain why Eric
did not recognise this photo of St. Annes. By the
time he was there the older girls had all moved round to St. Pats so there
would not be any classes in that building then, and they were also probably
not allowed to use the higher level playground.
As I mentioned before in
the year of my 'Qually Class' they introduced girls to the school for the
first time. It was a real shock to the system, I can tell you, after being
at a 'boys only' school for 3+ years.
We went from having football and
football to having football and peevers in the playground. It was not so
bad for guys like me, who had younger sisters, but some of my chums only had
their mums and grans as models."
The Wee Close
"The 'wee close' that Eric
mentions went up past the side
entrance of St. Patrick's church, then
continued up past the wash-house and out on to the High Street, next to, I
think, Drysdale's hardware shop.
This was quite a large shop just
up from the New Palace cinema in the High Street - the Flea
Pit - already mentioned several times on the site.
sold all kinds of household goods, it was the only biggish shop in the
area to cater solely for the drysalter type goods. I think it was
just about where the Museum of Childhood is now
Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh: December 8,