'And finally, not everyone’s being doing topical. In fact, here’s the rather lovely 6 Oxgangs Avenue devoted to the history of the development of the area, this week highlighting how the block of flats came into being. Could have been prompted by Who do you think you are? Or just a timely reminder that not everything worth blogging about is in the here and now.'

Kate Higgins, Scottish Roundup 26/08/2012

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


Woolworths, east end Princes Street
When we began to get a wee bit older and into our early teens, between the years of 1969 and 1972, we took regular adventures beyond Oxgangs and into town. A regular trip was to Woolworths at the east end of Princes Street-alas, no more. Part of the reason for our visit was to buy some cheap gold crucifixes-more of the reason for that idiosyncrasy in a future blog.

Paul Forbes; Peter Hoffmann; Iain Hoffmann; and Boo-Boo Hanlon  at Woolworths circa 1971
(Ironically the only person 'not smoking' (Iain) is the one smoker today!)
We had some brilliant fun and many laughs. There was a cafe within Woolies on the first floor where we would treat ourselves to a plate of chips and a drink. Afterwards we would see who could be the most daring, making up confections or cocktails from the array of condiments on the table-we would mix these together-some salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar and knock it back! A regular feature was to crowd into the photo-booth within the store for a photograph-much fun and hilarity as we all tried to squeeze in!

Paul Forbes, Peter Hoffmann, Iain Hoffmann and Boo-Boo Hanlon at Woolworths, 1971/72-who would believe the 'two smokers' on the left would be running for Scotland at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in the 800 metres and 4x400 metres relay together at Edmonton, Canada!
It would be good to hear other residents or followers of the blog's memories of 'Woolies' circa 1970-also check out Nanci Griffith's rather lovely Love at the Five and Dime which references Woolworths and the journey through life from there.

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