Going to the Beach
From Porty to Granton: Memories and stories of Edinburgh’s beaches.
Where: Granton Library (29 Wardieburn Terrace, Edinburgh EH5 1DD)
When: Tuesday 20 November | 7.30 – 9.30pm
Did you bump into Sean Connery when he worked at Portobello’s pool? Have a dashing photo and remember a summer evening in your summer frock enjoying ice-cream at Newhaven? Found a postcard that captures Porty’s promenade and it’s much missed outdoor pool?
Edinburgh’s children used to have many local beaches to play on, to swim from and to catch crabs and lobsters. But they had to be resourceful. As well as dodging their parents and angry fishermen they often had to cross railway lines and contend with effluent from the inkworks and from the sewage pipes. They boiled mussels in old baked bean tins, ate raw seaweed, and ran along the breakwaters with their jam pieces but oh-my, wasn’t it fun?
Many people in Edinburgh have memories of times spent on local beaches that are unfortunately no longer there or are not as easily accessible such as Wardie Bay or Royston beach. Do you have memories attached to Edinburgh shorelines and fancy sharing them?
Edinburgh Shoreline Project’s would love to hear your stories connected to these places.
Join Storyteller Janis Mackay, as part of Scotland’s Local Storytelling Campaign, for an evening of stories and memories connected to Edinburgh’s shoreline and it’s shifting sands and to discuss your community as it is today!
Please feel free to bring any photographs, postcards or memorabilia to share with your stories or simply sit back and enjoy the tales.
For further info about this event, please contact: Charlotte Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Edinburgh Shoreline is an exciting, new, community centred initiative celebrating the city’s 27km coastline.