1950s AND BEFORE
Former pupils left comments on our last website. It is interesting to hear how our school has changed over the years.
Apologies. This has been copied from our former website and the different format is causing us problems.
Margaret Greig (now Keane)
I figure I must have attended longstone school in the early 50’s. I remember Mr Thompson was my teacher. Elizabeth McKay is the girl I remember was my best friend. Bad years for me my mum was dying of TB at home . I think we stayed at 22 Longstone Grove. I moved to Broomhouse to stay with my aunty and walked to school ( loved it ) very interesting stuff I found trying to find photos of the lost years ! I now live in Steger Il. ( south of Chicago) Was home last year.
David Laird…I remember all of the names you listed and can even remember some of the faces. I was sorry to learn about Graham Paterson. How sad. I always had a crush on him but I don’t think he knew I existed. Woe is me! I do remember Ann Kilgallon, quite vividly and also going to her home on Sunday afternoons. Well it’s off to listen to my pal Rod croon. Hope to hear from some of you.
Best wishes. Liz
Linda Doig (nee Taylor)
Hi, Came across this site when viewing Edin-Photos and was amazed at the memories it brings. I lived at 127 Longstone Street with my parents and my sister Irene and 2 brothers Ian and Robert. I started at the old school in Longstone Road in 1953 and then went to the annexe until the new school up in Redhall was opened. I think my last teacher in P7 was a Miss Pringle who got married and went to Carrick Knowe. My friends were Jeanette Ross, Jeanette McDonald, Sylvia Forrest, Violet Chalmers. My neighbours in Longstone were the Seaters, the Shores, the Browns, the Cliffords and the Wilsons. It would be great to hear from anyone who remembers me or any of my family
Good afternoon all.
I noticed Ann Kilgallon’s earlier post and wonder if you were in my class Ann. There was a girl in my class whom I always thought was Ann Kilgannon, and maybe was indeed Ann Kilgannon. Anyway, if I am wrong then sorry for the wasted post.
Here is a list of a few classmate’s names I can recall from my seven years at Longstone that might, or might not be familiar to you.
Elizabeth Hill (a well kent contributor on this site!)
Joan Bangholm (went to the Qualifying Dance with Joan)
Derek BurnsColin Dunlop
Graham Paterson ( who sadly passed away a couple of years ago with Motor Neuron Disease)
Norman Dick………………and I am sure many more, so apologies to anyone the fading memory has failed to recall!
Best wishes to any of my old classmates who visit the site. Hope you have as fond memories of old Longstone Village as I do.
Hi everyone first time on Site and was amazed to find a picture of my class which must have been around 1961, I think Terence Kramer posted this but I believe the person he has marked as
Marion Aitken is actually myself. I moved to Longstone when I was seven and I am still here brought up my two boys 31 and 33 who also went to Longstone School amazing place brings back lots of memories I was best friends with Andrea Jackson who I still keep in touch with.
Robert Laird ( pupil from 1955-1962)
I have three “school” photos for you, all taken in the 1950’s of myself and brothers David & Terry.On close inspection you will see the clothing we are wearing is a bit frayed, and that was how it was for most kids in Longstone back then. If you came home with a hole in your jersey it got patched up, it didn’t get replaced. I am absolutely certain there are dozens and dozens of photographs like these out there, perhaps this “donation” will see a lot of others doing the same thing
Elizabeth Hill (Theis)
Happy birthday to Patricia Hunter formerly of Longstone Grove. Patricia…I think your birthday is the 28th of May which will make you 61 this year. I am a week behind. I send you best wishes. How is Robert? Remember when your mum decided that you and Robert should take violin lessons? OMG…!!!!!!!!!
I hope that you log onto this site. It is so much fun . I have been blessed hearing from former schoolmates and learning about their lives. Even hear from my older sister’s
friends and who was top of the pops back then! She will love that! Best wishes to you and all at Longstone…You know what? I remember the day it opened. My brother Eddie was still going to the annex and then moved on to the new school.
To all…have a lovely summer.
Elizabeth Hill (Theis)
Greetings all you 60 year olds! Hope you are all enjoying fall, soon to be winter weather. For those of you who may remember her, I had a lovely e-mail from Julie Telford the other day. In fact I was in contact with her several months ago and she gave me an update on her life. As far as I recall she is living in Switzerland with her husband and daughter…don’t hold me to that.
I will be home in December also, spending chrissy with my siblings…god, I can’t wait for a dish of haggis…I tried to bring some canned back a couple of years ago and it was confiscated…MAD COW DISEASE! So my brother tried the next year…same thing. Oh well! Try, try and try again..maybe this time.
I have to say it was fun going through the comments of former classmates. I was telling my 90 year old mother-in-law about the contacts and she was astonished…’I don’t remember what school I went to, let alone their names’. I can remember birthday dates of some of my old friends…it’s funny how some things stick in your mind.
It is amazing how having this contact can evoke so many memories… and mainly good ones.
John…you mentioned the shop by the burn…I remember my mum taking us there to get the ‘rations’. Ian was a baby at the time and the pram and the ‘holdall’ were filled with groceries for the week. In between we would go to St. Cuthberts for groceries. I still remember my mums ‘share’ number which was given to each purveyor and she would get her ‘share’ at the end of the year. Mum came home one day thinking she had forgotten something…Yep…it was Ian…he was outside the butcher shop. If my dad had known he would have went lulu! We used to walk thru the burn to get to my grannys house at Stenhouse. Pass the prison with the workers out in the fields. I used to swing off a tree at the burn…I could not swim, but I was with the Easton sisters, Linda, Kate and Diane and followed their lead. Elizabeth McAndrew was there also. I ended up in the water…soaked to the gills…had to explain this to my parents…told them I stepped in a bucket of water and that was why I was wet…I was spanked not only for lying…but I was never to be at the burn in the first place…my brother, Eddie, almost drowned by the whirlpool…just below the pub.
Someone fished him out. His wellies were filled with water and his legs were red from the dye in the wellies.
My first ‘real’ boyfriend was Kenny Burns. His dad was a prison officer at Saughton and they lived in the housing off Stenhouse Road…we used to meet on a Sunday at the ‘pig stys’ along the burn…remember where the horse shows would be held. OMG! How romantic! One night we went to a park on Kingsknowe Road (with the EASTON girls) I had passed my curfew and my mother came looking for me…god only knows how she found out where I was, but she slapped the heck out of me all the way home.Best wishes to all and hope to read some comments soon.
Sorry for taking so long to answer you time goes by so fast, dont know what happened, sent last message you replied and guess scared everyone away or maybe they do not know about website. Go home every couple of years stay over in Fife and drive or take train to Edinburgh visit Longstone everytime hoping I might see old friends but no luck, guess everyone moved or maybe they are hiding when they see me,(just kidding.) Still have family in Edinburgh so enjoy visiting them and catching up on old gossip, one Niece has hairdresser shop on Gorgie road just been open few months but doing well. Last year walked by where Brands wee shop used to be at the burnside and went over the little bridge looking at rear of Longstone Inn and the Prison, lots of changes but still a lot of the old, Great memories. Miss the good times Redhall park, Colinton dell, the Canal, building bonfires and raiding the other bonfires in the area,(at the same time they were raiding ours) great fun, not the same for kids anymore.
John Vallance…you dated one of the Andrews sisters…if I am correct (Annette Andrews..sister of Janice / Janis ? spelling)..what a hoot…I remember you on your paper routes…GAFFS… and the wee shop at the burnside where mum would go for the ‘rations’ every week. My younger brother was still in the pram at that time..
Attended Longstone from 1951 to 1957, Old school on main road, then Annex, Juniper Green, Merchiston, Tynecastle, Slateford (opposite Woodburns Garage) then the new Longstone School . Remember a lot of the names mentioned and teachers.Would be great to have a reunion and see old Friends. I come home every two years and travel around Longstone, and Redhall hoping l might see some old friends who stayed in the neibourhood, l lived in Longstone Grove,and at times helped out at Gaffs, also remember Brands little shop at the Burnside next to Longstone Inn , the chippy and the confectionary was it Barkers or Bakers dont remember, l do recall pushing the milk cart up the hill to Redhall to deliver milk,newspapers, and rolls, that was no fun. It would be wonderful to hear from Friends of years gone bye, and remember the laughs and good times at Longstone
Sheena Palmer (nee Fairgrieve)
Don’t know what made me look back to find Longstone Primary school today, but what a surprise to see so many names I remember! Yes John you did take me to the qually! Liz and David Weddell (Liz went onto art college in London) but I lost touch with her after that. Mary Bennett, Alan Barton, Fiona Thomson, Elizabeth Baldock, Yvonne Crawford, Stuart Strong, Maureen McDonald, Miss Stuart (our last teacher, we seemed to have so many!), Mr Stoddart – always having to put plasters on my knees! Oh so many memories!
Can’t believe this site. My twin sister and I attended Lonstone Primary from 1956-1963, Mr Gibson was our last teacher. Secondary was a breeze in comparison. Our friends were Linda Carruthers, Alison Duncan, Janice Hunter, Sally Jarvis, Maria McKinnell, (we are in her photograph, front row and seated on the grass) Anne Wardrobe and Veronica Collins. I also remember the other twins, the Hortons, the Murrays and the Hopkirks. Working for the Scottish Government now.
To Maria Koster –
Harry Walters would like to get in touch.
To Ian Barton –
You don’t know me but it appears that you played violin with my mum! – Christine Wright (Nee Seatter) In answer to your assumption, yes she did go on to sing in a group called ‘This n’ That’ and enjoyed a successful career in the Civil Service. She still lives in Longstone (always has!!) I can’t wait to show mum this, its so nice to see that she is so fondly remembered and yes Ian, she is still very competitive and musical but these days she spends more time on Facebook than she does playing her violin, guitar and piano!! lol
Only just found out about this site.My god!!What a blast from the past.Great to see some of names remember.Nothing too much to report though.
Living quietly in Sighthill with my wife Irene. I am still playing music.Two bands on the go at the moment. IAN BARTON,how are you!!
I was at Longstone in the 50’s and good to see it is still going strong… some of the names I recognise. Lived at 117 Kingsknowe Rd North and remember the neighbours the Allans, Dunlops, Wardrobes Bennetts and many more. Have lived in Perth West Australia for over 40 years now 5 grandchildren and another on the way. Visited Longstone about 5 years ago and it brought back many memories. All the best to everyone.
We received this message from Maria Koster(McKinnel)
On the former pupils page there is a reply from a Harry Walters about my letter, could I perhaps have his contact details as we live about 60kms away here in South Africa from him?
Harry, if you send us your details via our enquiry page, we will pass them on.
|Sheila Ballantyne (Thomson)||05 January 2014 17:12:41|
|John Vallance||26 July 2012 18:33:47|