and other excursions
Thank you to Morag Catania who wrote:
mother was born in Glasgow 1918. She remembers the local co-op
society annual picnics. They cost 2p to attend.
had to have a "tinny" (a tin cup tied around the neck with string or
tape, or if well-off a ribbon).
They would have races, games, a sing-a-long.
She said the best part was a bag of goodies, usually a Paris bun or
Snowball, an apple and the tinny of milk.
estimating the year at about 1926.
I don't know if Edinburgh
did the same thing."
Morag Catania: February 10, 2007
Morag Catania asks:
"Do you know whether or not Edinburgh Co-op organised similar
If you know, please e-mail me.
Thank you. - Peter Stubbs
Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland (who used to live in Edinburgh
"Your recollection by Morag Catania about Co-op picnics
may have answered a question I have about an Edinburgh group (taken
round about 1911-1912), which includes my grandfather and some other
Most of the men in the group, and from
what I can see, some of the women too, are wearing ribbons on the
I had thought that this might be a
Temperance Society or perhaps a 'Church do', as both my grandparents
had 'taken the pledge', but Co-op Society picnics (and my
grandparents were members of St Cuthbert's for a long time) could be
Here is a blow-up of the ribbons worn by
Mr & Mrs Gregor McLaren of Gorgie that day. There's a strong chance,
in any case that this accounts for the gathering
Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland, February 14, 2007
If you know anything about who might have organised excursions on
which such ribbons were worn,
please e-mail me, so that I can pass on the details to Phil.
Thank you. - Peter
Stubbs: February 16, 2007
George T Smith
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British
George T Smith, British Columbia added
Picnic to Spylaw Park
"Some good recollections are coming forth. It's the first time I had
heard of a 'tinnie' at picnics for a long, long time.
I remember wearing one to a picnic in Spylaw Park some time just
pre-war. I must have been a toff as mine was on a ribbon of some
neutral colour; Boys with coloured ribbons would have been called
We went there by train from Slateford station, as far as I can
remember, but what we got to drink in our tinnies I can not remember
- probably Tizer, Edinburgh's answer to Irn Bru"
George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island,
British Columbia, Canada: February 17, 2007
Iain C Purves
Thank you to Iain C Purves who wrote:
"Just after 1945 and on for a few years,
the boys and girls who delivered the milk and rolls for the Leith
Provident Co-op wore coloured ribbons showing the Store colours of
the Store they worked for.
We also were given: a brown paper bag with
a Paris Bun, a sausage roll or a wee pie and an apple.
We were entertained in Musselburgh Town Hall on one occasion.
I believe it rained hard that time.
Another time we were taken to Dunbar and enjoyed races, games etc."
Iain C Purves, Waterdown, Ontario, Canada:
October 26, 2011