Dave McKinley

New Zealand

Thank you to Dave McKinley for leaving a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook about the time when he lived at Newcraighall.

Dave wrote:

Flying Kites

"Lliving in Newcraighall, as a child during the 2nd world war,  we would make our own kites out of newspaper and thin cane.

They were so different from today's colourful nylon fabric kites which require an awful lot less energy to fly.

We 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.

Did anyone else make their own kites?

Dave McKinlay, New Zealand:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, April 9, 1012




James Whalen

North Bend. Oregon, USA

Thank you to James Whalen who wrote:wrote:

Flying Kites

"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 to you.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  13 March 2016




Andrew McFadden

After reading James Whelan's recollections above Andrew McFadden wrote:


"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 September 2016




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