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Towerbank School

Portobello

Netball Team  -  1948

Players in the concert 'A Country Girl' staged at St Phillips's Church Joppa in 1949

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Dorothy Addison, Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada.                Photographer not known.

 

Recollections

1.

Dorothy Addison

Canada

Thank you to Dorothy Addison, now living in Canada, for sending me the photograph above of the netball team from Towerbank School, Portobello, taken in 1948.

Dorothy wrote:

Netball Team

"This photo was taken by someone at the school  -  I'm not sure who.

I don't remember the girls' names. I only remember the headmaster, I don't know if that is a good sign or not.  His name was Mr. Allan."

Dorothy Addison, Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada: May 23, 2007

Thank you to Bill Jansen, Portobello, who wrote

"My wife, Rena Taylor was in the netball team.  I think she was the captain, the one holding the ball in this photo."

Bill Jansen, Portobello:  June 20, 2007

Thank you to Dorothy Addison, Canada, who replied:

"Bill Jansen thought he recognized his wife in the Towerbank School netball team photo.

Yes, he is right. The girl holding the ball was Rena Taylor, the captain, and I was sitting to her left.  It was a great team."

Dorothy Addison, Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada: June 27, 2007

 

Recollections

2.

John Langlands

Edinburgh

John Langlands asked a question about R:

Question

School Song

"Can you please help us to find the words of Towerbank Primary School song from your correspondents?  The song was current while I was a pupil at the school, 1954-58.

So far all we have is:

Verse 2

School is the cradle and strength of a nation
Forth from its gates springs the youth of today
Filled with the power and the strength of creation
New worlds to fashion, old orders to sway

Chorus

Towerbank we praise thee our school by the sea
Raising our voices now triumphantly

Verse 2

Daah dah dah     daah dah dah    da aha dah daah dah
Theirs are the hands moulding destiny's clay
Daaah dah dah  daaah dah dah   daah dah dah   daah dah
Daah dah dah   daah dah dah   daaah dah dah  daa

John Langlands, Edinburgh:  April 21, 2009

 

Recollections

3.

John Langlands

Edinburgh

John Langlands later provided the words for verse 2 of the Tower Bank school song:

Answer

Verse 2

Youth yields to manhood in rapid succession,
Theirs are the hands moulding destiny's clay
Theirs are the voices to end all oppression

Theirs are the hearts to keep evil at bay.

John Langlands, Edinburgh:  May 7, 2009

 

Recollections

4.

Bob Jefferson

Bob Jefferson, in an email to John Langlands (above) and others, wrote:

Update

"My daughter tells me that the whole school is now learning the song.  Are there plans to present it in public once the children are fully rehearsed?"

John Langlands, Edinburgh:  May 7, 2009

 

Recollections

5.

Douglas Bold

Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Thank you to Douglas Bold for posting this message below in the EdinPhoto guestbook:

Portobello then Australia

"I attended Towerbank school in 1941 and then on to Portobello secondary school.  I became a bricklayer by trade and left for Australia in 1963.  I joined the RAAF in 1967 and served 20 years.  I am a Vietnam vet, now retired.

I'd love to make contact with any old school mates."

Douglas Bold, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia:
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook:  January 5, 2012

 

Recollections

6.

Norman Vanbeck

Exeter, Devon, England

Thank you to Norman Vanbeck, Exeter, Devon, for replying to Dorothy Addison's comments in Recollections 1 above.

Norman wrote:

Towerbank Netball Team

    Towerbank School, Poerobello  -   Netball Team, 1948 ©

"I was born in 1941 and lived in Bath Street, Portobello.

This photo of the Towerbank School Netball Team, taken in 1948, shows Mr Allan (Head Master) and Miss Jeffreys who was one of my teachers."

Norman Vanbeck, Exeter, Devon, England:  June 26, 2012

 

Recollections

7.

Helen Slate (née Isaac)

Thank you to Helen Slate (née Isaac) who wrote:

Towerbank School

then

Portobello High School

"I went to Towerbank School then on to Portobello High School and graduated around 1953 - I'm not sure exactly when, but I'd love to be in connect with others from the same time frame.

-  I had Mr. Wall at Towerbank and Miss Jeffries before that who scared me to death.

-   I remember the rides very close to school.

-   I walked my dog daily along the beach

-   I played on Joppa Rocks.

Helen Slate (née Isaac):  June 20, 2014

Reply to Helen?

If you'd like to send a reply to Helen, please email me to let me know, then I'll pass on her email address to you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 20, 2014

 

Recollections

8.

Helen Slate (née Isaac)

Thank you to Helen Slate (née Isaac) for writing again.

Helen wrote:

Netball Team

"Imagine my surprise when I saw my photo on this page!  I was on that net ball team, and had completely forgotten about this being taken.

1948

     Towerbank School, Poerobello  -   Netball Team, 1948 ©

I'm on the front row, last on the left.

Netball Team

I'd love to be in contact with others who were probably class mates.  We seem to be scattered all over the world, but with the internet, that's no longer a problem!

One of my best friends at Towerbank was Willrene Marshall. Her father had a butcher shop on High Street, Portobello.

I wonder where she might be now.  I believe that she was in the States at one time.

I look forward to finding out more from others in the future."

Helen Slate (née Isaac):  June 21, 2014

Reply to Helen?

If you remember Helen and would like to send a reply to her, please email me to let me know, then I'll pass on her email address to you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 22, 2014

 

Recollections

9.

Ian Taylor

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Ian Taylor for sending two photos of classes at Towerbank School, in response to a request from Dorothy Addison (née Jenkins) for more Towerbank school class photos to be added to the EdinPhoto web site.

1950s

"I saw, somewhere on the EdinPhoto site, that somebody was looking for class photos from Towerbank School in the early-1950s.

Here are two photos from the mid-1950s that I had in my files:

1955

©

1956

     ©

Enlarge these photos:      640 pixels wide    1024 pixels wide

Ian Taylor, 5 St Mark's Place, Edinburgh (1941-57):
 now Hamilton, Ontario, Canada:  July 4, 2014

 

Here is a photograph of Towerbank School, taken in 2004 ...

  Towerbank School, Portobello  -  July 2004 ©

... and here a page with links to more Towerbank School photos.

Towerbank School Classes

 

Photos - Portobello

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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