I knew quite a few of the people mentioned. I'm a few years older than you (69) and moved to Oxgangs when I was 13/14 - late 1961/62. We stayed in Oxgangs Farm Gardens then moved over to Oxgangs Rise in 1965. When we first moved out from the town centre - I thought I was going to the back of beyond! My mother didn't recognise the place until she bumped into Annie Burke in The Store.
|Tommy Egan tackling Jimmy McGrory|
|Tommy Egan, playing for Birmingham City|
She had been my mother's first neighbour when she married my father in 1937. At that time my father played for Hibs (Tommy Egan 1933-1938) and their wedding gift from the club was 6 months rent on a brand new house in Colinton Mains.
|Colinton Mains shops development, photograph J. Dickson|
Of course Oxgangs/Firrhill didn't exist then. The trams stopped up at Firrhill roundabout and you had to walk the rest of the way. Annie Burke was also Eric Smith's mother in law - he's still fine - saw him at the bowling club on Friday.
|Photograph courtesy David McLean, Lost Edinburgh|
|Photograph, Mr Davies, courtesy Phil Green|
|Colinton Mains Jumble Sale, Scotsman Publications|
|Derek Cameron, photograph by Yerbury|
Goodess but your stories have stirred up memories!
Moyra (Egan) Flynn