"I was one one of several students
from around Britain to join Standard Life Assurance Company in
Edinburgh 1963, to train to become an Actuary.
About half the actuarial students at
that time came to the company straight from school and the
remainder came after graduating at University."
"Standard Life looked after the
students for a fairly modest cost, providing a hostel for
accommodation, meals and a suitable environment for studying.
The company's first hostel, in the 1950s, was in Regent Terrace
but by 1962 this was replaced by a larger hostel at 35 Inverleith
Terrace, able to accommodate about fifteen students.
35 Inverleith Terrace
Cars at 35 Inverleith Terrace
I arrived straight from school in
Yorkshire in 1963, and joined other students from towns and cities
in England, Wales and Scotland, ranging from Devon to Orkney. I
stayed in the hostel until around 1968.
Others in the hostel came from From
around 1962, Standard Life provided a hostel at 35 Inverleith
Terrace . I was there from around 1963 to 1968."
"The Hostel at the west end of
Inverleith Terrace was next to the Royal Botanic Garden (for
relaxed walks) and next to Inverleith Park (for watching the model
sailing boats on the pond, or perhaps for something more energetic
- tennis, football, rugby or a run around the perimeter of the
park, with the incentive that about the first 6 to get back
through the hostel door could claim one of the hot baths.)"
"Here is a group setting off for rugby
training in Inverleith Park. They are (left to right)
?, Eddie Rice
?, David Simpson, John
Brindle, Alastair Hall
Who are the two '?'s above?. Is
one of them Colin Carlton?"
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: 4 February, 2016