John Codona

One Man Band

Warrender Park Road

Early 1960s


The junction of Warrender Park Road and Whitehouse Loan, in the snow  -  around the 1960s

Reproduced with acknowledgement to Ally McGurk,
 from the collected photos taken by  Ally and her father, Thomas M. McGurk


'One Man Band'

Ally McGurk who provided this photo writes:

John Codona

"John Codona, presumably a member of the fairground family, used to come round the streets of Edinburgh playing his one-man-band, which incorporated a full set of Highland bagpipes as well as a big drum on his back.

As he got older he suffered from breathlessness, making him unable to fill the bag any more, but undaunted, he carried on entertaining us on his chanter on its own.

I was a very small girl when my dad took this photo, but I remember him clearly."

Ally McGurk, May 25, 2007

Here is another photograph of John Codona in Warrender Park Road, also sent to me  by Ally McGurk:

John Codona, one man band, in Warrender Park Road  -  1950s or early-1960s

Thank you to Ally McGurk, daughter of Thomas M McGurk for allowing me to reproduce this photo.  More photos taken by Ally and Thomas can be found on the Flickr web site.


Photos  -  Ally and Thomas M McGurk

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