Abbeyhill Primary Class
"Once again the Edinphoto
memory-jogger does its work!
I was looking at this
Abbeyhill School class photo (Photo 1) when suddenly
I saw a
face that looked familiar to me,
I didn't start at Abbeyhill until 1951,
and the pupils in this photo look
as though they may be several years older than school-starting age,
so it's unlikely that any of them would have been familiar to me as
and he Mum
"However, I went back
to my box of family photographs and, sure enough,
I found Photo 2, taken in 1953 at our back
Coronation Party, in which I saw the
familiar face - Isobel Black."
Road Back Green
Coronation Party -
second-back row, ninth
from the left, in the Photo 1.
- front row,
far right, in
astonished to see Isobel in Photo 1.
Although the Black family and ourselves lived in
the same stair for many years, I never knew that Isobel went to
Abbeyhill School as well.
On reflection, though, maybe it's not so
strange, as the years between us (her being a teenager when I was
still a kid) probably meant that there wasn't much conversation
between us about anything, let alone our respective education
'The Cisco Kid'
"The Blacks were among the first in our stair, and
the next stair along, to get a TV, and I remember that Mrs Black
sometimes used to invite several pals of her son George (myself
included) in to watch The Cisco Kid just before tea time - a rare
I always remember the closing line "Ahh, Pancho - Ahh, Cisco"
that the two stars of the programme used to come out with at the end
of each episode.
Mrs Black was also renowned for making
tablet, and sometimes that sweet buttery smell of freshly-made
tablet greeted us as we went in to watch Cisco and Pancho.
I remember seeing the
TV News starting one evening, as we were filing
out of the house after The Cisco Kid, and George saying:
'It's really good - just like
the wireless, with pictures'."
"Isobel's Mum is
She is the lady on the left in the back row.
She looks like quite a formidable
woman in the photo, but in fact she was
quite kindly and generous, a bit of a 'Maw
I believe that this
group of ladies was probably photographed because they were the
organizers of the Coronation Party.
Marionville Road was
(and still is) a busy road on bus routes,
so a street party could not be held there.
It was held, instead, in the back green of 238
+ 240 Marionville Road,
and was for the people who lived there and
also in the adjoining tenement blocks at
234 + 236 Marionville Road - a total of 24 houses.
These are the people
that I recognise in this photo:
Thompson's 2-year old sister
Thank you to
Laurie Thompson, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England for
providing the names above.
++ Laurie wrote
"The little girl on the extreme left of this picture is my
chubby 2-year old sister."
Laurie Thompson, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire,
England: October 7+19, 2014