Thank you to Dave McKinley for leaving a message in the
EdinPhoto guestbook about the time when he lived at Newcraighall.
in Newcraighall, as a child during the 2nd world war, we would make
our own kites out of newspaper and thin cane.
were so different from today's colourful nylon fabric kites which require
an awful lot less energy to fly.
would run up and down the park trying to get the kite airborne, tying
little divots on its tail to balance it, a bit
like sail boats tacking into the wind.
anyone else make their own kites?
Dave McKinlay, New Zealand:
Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, April 9, 1012
North Bend. Oregon,
Thank you to James Whalen who wrote:wrote:
"I worked at Newcraighall
pit in the 1960s. I enjoyed the town and people very much.
I'd like to get in touch
with other miners who were at Dungavel
and worked the pits
James Whalen, North Bend, Oregon, USA: 13 March 2016
Dungavel House, at
Strathaven, used to be a residential
training centre for future miners in Scotland.
- Peter Stubbs
Reply to James?
If you remember Dunvegan and worked in
the pits and would like to send a message to James Whalen,
please email me to let me know, then I'll pass on his email address
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: 13 March 2016
After reading James Whelan's
recollections above Andrew McFadden
"I worked at Newcraighall Pits in 1964.
Due to having severe Migraine headaches, I
could not go down the pit and had to work on the sorting tables.
Then I was moved to weeding the grass areas, then to whitewashing the
walls, then I left. Needless to say, i wasn't there long!"
"An old man on the tables
nicknamed me 'FLASH', and it's stuck to me to this day. That's
what my wife calls me now, and I'm 67.
He called me that, because at
the end of the day when we had to clean out dust from the tables, I 'd
get in fast to clean up the dust to save the old man from doing it."
"There was a guy from Niddrie
that Dave Whelan may remember. He had a few brothers. His
nickname as 'TINY' and he used to love to cause fights with guys from
other parts of Edinburgh. I and some others were from the
Dumbiedykes so we got it!"
Andrew McFadden: 27