Exchanging memories and stories can be quite revelatory. When Fiona and I met at Starbucks, South Gyle, Edinburgh on 23 July, 2012, we were talking about days forty years previously when we did newspaper rounds for Baird’s Newsagents at Morningside Drive. I asked her if she remembered old Sandy.
Sandy was a small, wizened old man. No matter the weather or the season of the year he dressed in an old overcoat and cap. He was toothless and I could never quite understand what he was saying, however Fiona and Pamela Baird (who ran the newsagent’s) could. Sandy was always punctilious; probably getting the first early morning number 41 bus down from Greenlea Old Folks Home, Greenbank to the shop where he collected a bundle of newspapers to thereafter be distributed to the residents of Greenlea. I think Pamela provided him with his bus fares and tobacco. He also visited the shop in the afternoon to collect copies of the Edinburgh Evening News and deliver them to the home.