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Edinburgh Recollections

Ice Skating

 

Recollections

1.

John Fraser

Inch, Edinburgh

Thank you to John Fraser for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

John Fraser

    ©

John wrote:

Murrayfield Ice Rink

Mid-1950s

Accidents

"Does anyone remember being part of a 'train'I was at the end of one, and wearing a new suit. It was too fast on the corner.  I let go and ended up stuck to the fence with my skates.

I saw one poor girl caught by a 'speed racer'.  She had her leg ripped open. Dangerous sport ice skating!"

Friends

"After my 'accident', I spent a lot of time in the bar, talking to the lady bartender, Margaret, and finding recipes for cocktails that she liked to make.  I didn't return to the ice rink after I came out of the forces."

I had a few good friends that I used to meet every Saturday night, but I lost touch with them when I went into the R.A.F. There were:

 Eddie Dahl

Jimmy Paterson

Lofty (who was over six feet tall) and his girl friend Titch (who was about two feet shorter than him). I heard that they got married.

Eddie Dahl (who went to Victoria, Australia. I had a letter from him and sent one back, but I got no reply)."

John Fraser, Inch, Edinburgh:  Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook, April 8, 2013

 

Recollections

2.

Connie Telfer-Smith (née McJannett)

 Norfolk Island, South Pacific

Thank you to Connie Telfer-Smith, Norfolk Island, South Pacific, for posing the reply below to John's message in the guestbook.

Connie wrote:

Murrayfield Ice Rink

Bruises

"John:

I spent a lot of time collecting bruises at Murrayfield Ice Rink, but maybe bit before your time.

Do you remember:

-  Maisie Corbett?

-  Mattie Conquer?

-  Jimmie Macdonald?

-  the pantomimes?

I think it's gone now."

Connie Telfer-Smith, Norfolk Island, South Pacific:  Reply posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook on
 April 9, 2013, in response to message from John Fraser posted in the Guestbook the same day.

 

Recollections

3.

Dot Walker

Arlington, Texas, USA

Thank you to Dot Walker for also posing a reply  to John Fraser's message in the guestbook.

Dot wrote:

Murrayfield Ice Rink

Skating

"John:

You are a funny man. I was never brave enough to get on the end of a 'train'.  It went too fast!

I rented skates for a while, and finally had enough money, including my Mum's 'Provie cheque', to buy my own skates.

I could not believe the difference. my ankles no longer turned inwards and I could skate without wobblingI felt well off with my boots over my shoulder on the bus going home too."

Dot Walker, Arlington, Texas, USA:  reply posted in EdinPhoto guestbook on April 9, 2013
in response to a message posted in the guestbook by John Fraser on April 8, 2013.

 

Recollections

4.

Iain C Purves

Waterdown, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Ian C Purves  posing another message about Murrayfield Ice Rink in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Ian wrote:

Murrayfield Ice Rink

Incident

"John Fraser commented on 'trains'.  I and our group were  always were in the bottom-right corner, looking from the stage.

The young lady who had her leg cut open in the incident that John mentions was my then girlfriend, now my wife of 53 years, Marion (May) Fraser.  The scar is visible to this day! "

Photography

"I used to do some of ice side photography for a chap in Gorgie Road who took the pictures of anyone willing to drop him a shilling or two."

Sweeping the Ice

"A group of us wore blue cardigans and swept the ice before it was re-surfaced.

Happy Memories indeed!"

Ian C Purves Walker:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook on April 10, 2013
 

 

Recollections

5.

Eddie Williamson

Pickering, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Eddie Williamson for posing a reply  to Iain C Purves' message in the guestbook.

Eddie wrote:

Murrayfield Ice Rink

'Tosh'

"I used to go skating every week at Murrayfield Ice Rink.  A group of us used to go every week.  It's funny, I can only remember one name now - Billy Macintosh (Tosh).  We were apprentices together at Bruce Peebles. 

Happy times!"

Eddie Williamson, Pickering, Ontario, Canada, since 1970:  Reply posted in EdinPhoto guestbook on April 10 2013, in response to a message posted in the guestbook by Iain C Purves on the same day.

 

Recollections

6.

June Wood  (née Robertson)

Arroyo Grande, Central Coast, California, USA

Thank you to June Wood (née Robertson) for posting the reply below in the EdinPhoto  guestbook.

June wrote:

Murrayfield Ice Rink

'The Whip'

"My chum, Margaret Leith, and I also went skating at Murrayfield Ice Rink.  We did 'the train' thing, but we called it 'the whip'."

June Wood (née Robertson), Arroyo Grande, Central Coast, California, USA: 
 Reply posted in EdinPhoto guestbook on April 12, 2013 in response to a
message posted in the guestbook by John Fraser on April 8, 2013.

 

Recollections

7.

Alice Wilson  (née Ward)

Christchurch, New Zealand

Thank you to Alice Wilson (née Ward) for posting a reply in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Alice wrote:

Return to Murrayfield

"I remember going to Murrayfield ice rink as a nine-year-old or ten-year-old.  I caught the bus from the bottom of Leith Walk to go to the 2 o' clock session there.

When I was home in Edinburgh in 2010, my girlfriend took me to Murrayfield.  I was shocked to see that the rink was still there, and it didn't seem to have changed a bit except it was looking a bit tired.  The memories came flooding back!    Thanks for the memories."

Aice Wilson (née Ward), Christchurch, New Zealand Reply posted in EdinPhoto guestbook on April 12, 2013 in response to a message posted in the guestbook by John Fraser on April 8, 2013.

 

Recollections

8.

Margaret Williamson  (née Hay)

Moline, Illinois, USA

Thank you to Alice Wilson (née Ward) for posting a reply in the EdinPhoto guestbook to the message that John Fraser posted in the guestbook on April 8, 2012.

Alice wrote:

Return to Murrayfield

"My first year at Darroch was when I started going to Murrayfield Ice Rink with a few of my pals.  We joined a wee group with a lady and the first lesson was to do a 'figure of eight' which we all did well.

Then we had to practice for a while. One of the girls coming towards me didn't use her toe pick to stop, and when she fell, her toe pick went into my leg at the side of my knee.  There was lots of blood, but it was an accident.

I still have the scar, but I kept on going to the ice rink,with its dangers.  We had so much fun.  I stayed as close to the front of the line as I could.

My mum didn't have the money to buy me a skating skirt, so she took the lining out of a coat and made one by hand for me.  The colour was emerald green and I treasured it for years.

Thanks for hanks for the memories."

Aice Wilson (née Ward), Christchurch, New Zealand Reply posted in EdinPhoto guestbook on April 15, 2013 in response to a message posted in the guestbook by John Fraser on April 8, 2013.

 

Recollections

9.

John Fraser

Edinburgh

John wrote about his friends at Murrayfield Ice Rink in 'Recollections 1' above.  Here is a photo that he has now sent to me to be added to the web site.  Thank you John.

John wrote:

My Group at Murrayfield

"Here is a photo of my group of friends a Murrayfield Ice Skating Rink.  I'm the one behind the camera:"

© John Fraser, Inch Edinburgh                                                                                                                   Photo taken in 1950s

Photo of Myself

'Here is a photo of myself, in case anybody would like to be reminded who I am."

   

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement
to John Fraser, Inch, Edinburgh

John Fraser, Inch, Edinburgh:  Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook, April 12, 2013

 

Recollections

10.

John E Kirkwood

Livingston Village, West Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to John E Kirkwood, Livingston, West Lothian for posting a  message in the EdinPhoto guestbook in response to Iain C Purves' comments in 'Recollections 4' above.

John wrote:

Friends

"Hi Iain.

It's good to see that you are still with us.  You must have seen big changes in the area.

You must have lived below the Elders (Wilson & Lottie)I lived in a a gable-end at Crewe Terrace, facing the postbox.

I knew Fiona well.  She married Bill Gray who  lived in Comely Bank.

My wife (Irene Bryce of Crewe Road North) is still in touch with Ena Gray.   I used to run around with:

 Alex Hamilton

 Joe Wallace

 The Cockburns

 Dougie Cunnison

 Willie Simpson

-   Walter Muir

-   Dougie Weir

John ER Kirkwood, Livingston Village, West Lothian, Scotland (since 1971)

 

Recollections

11

Jim Gibson (aka Gibby)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Jim Gibson for sending anothe message about his cycling (and incidentally one about his cycling for Edina Couriers in Edinburgh).

Jim posted these messages in the EdinPhoto Guestbook on May 21, 2013, in response to a message that John Fraser posted in the Guestbook on March 27, 2013.

Jim wrote:

Reply to John Fraser

"I can't help thinking that our paths must have crossed.  Besides going to the same school at approximately the same time, we hung around the same places - the Palais, the Ice Rink and cycling."

'The Chain'

"I still remember 'The Chain' at Murrayfield Ice Rink.  I was on the end of one, one Saturday morning, with a whole bunch of us from Robb's

My buddy, Bertie Law, was on the other end and I was so busy laughing at him trying to keep is balance that I lost mine.  The result was two black eyes and a smashed nose. Some Fun!"

Jim Gibson (Gibby), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:  Reply posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook
on May 21, 2013 in response to Message posted by John Fraser on March 27, 2013.

 

Recollections

12

Duncan MacAuslan

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Thank you to Duncan MacAuslan who wrote:

Skating and Curling

"I left Edinburgh in 1964 as a 12 year old.

Every second Friday, a school friend (Andrew Weir) and I used to go skating at Murrayfield. I remember the curling matches took precedence and skaters were reduced to a very small area at one end of the ring.

I was always fascinated by the old men curling with the brushers skating ahead of the stone.

We used to hire skates and as I recollect they were leather and laced up, often quite wobbly if they were old.  

After skating we'd go to my house in Coltbridge Terrace.

Swimming

On the other Fridays, we went to Portobello indoor pool where I remember:

old men swimming

some strange harness to teach swimming,

hot buttered rolls from a cafe upstairs.

I've been back to Edinburgh many times but never to either of these places"

Duncan MacAuslan, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia:  11 April 2013

Duncan:

Thanks for your comments.  Both the places you mention still exist.

-  I was one of the curlers at Murrayfield Ice Rink in the 1990s

-  Portobello Indoor Pool was refurbished a few years ago.  There is a cafe upstairs!

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 4, 2013

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

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