"If I had a quid every time I have been to
Tolbooth Wynd, I would be a millionaire. My old sea dog mate lived
there and his brother was a docker in Leith Docks and he threw a few
Leith, has always appealed to me and it is
full of character too, maybe this is I have always been associated with
Leith since I was a wee bairn - firstly St Anthony's, just of
the Links then the Merchant Navy. Our Poole (seamen's dole office
and appointment office) was in Leith."
"Our Union Offices was in the Shore near the
notorious Tower Bar (ha ha ha ha).
I remember a girl there who was tattooed from
hand to toe. Her name was Cathy. She was from Leith too.
She used to come to my mates' parties and she was a real hard case (ha ha
ha ha). I used to have a drink with her in my haunts in Leith.
If you were with Cathy ,you would not get any
bother from anyone. Once or twice she came to the Whitehoose in
Craigmillar and give all the patrons their due. They treated her
with respect, I wonder what is happened to her now.
I will phone Joe McKenzie as he new her
as well. Peter, I noticed the cobbles in the Tolbooth Wynd as it was all
cobbled when I last set foot there away back in the 1970's."
Eric Gold, East End, London: November 13, 2007