7 days ago
*New human! You can see these guys and loads of others still at @The Sklylark Portobello for the next two weeks following the Porty Art Walk - still lots of time to catch up with those that live around you. Grab a coffee and take your time catching up. It's fabulous reading!*
Been in Porty since 2008, my parent lived just a mile up the road so as a kids I was always in and out of Porty. Was in Windsor Place and moved to Marlborough Street so aye, all very nice.
When I moved to Porty, more places started to open up a bit more, more places have opened up, especially over the last few years. People I know that live in Portobello said Porty used to shut at half past 5, shutters were down.
I like it in Portobello, just having that expanse of sea, just that open expanse is good. I used to live in Tollcross and I lived in the top flat so it wasn’t too bad but everywhere you go, you are surrounded by buildings a lot of businesses all the time, so to have this expanse at the bottom of your street is excellent.
I play the violin and fiddle since I was 10 at school they gave us an Lear test and some of us were chosen to follow music and I’ve been doing it ever since. I never liked it much when I was a kid but when I was in my 20’s I really started getting into it and I love it. There are so many musicians here its really good because its a really interesting mix of people as well, you’ve got the younger families that have moved in and the people that have always lived here and also the people you never see day to day. Someone comes out of your flat in my street and you think, I’ve never seen that guy before in my life. It’s a good mix of folk.
One of the places I lived before in Skye, Dunvegan which was a village, that was brilliant as there were only two or three focal points for people to be at on sort of nights out or big gala days or whatever and you knew everyone, some you didn’t like of course but Portobello is like that!
I’ve got three daughters and when my first two were a lot younger they were home schooled for three years. When they did go back to school at Towerbank they suddenly entered a huge social group and were running about on the beach and stuff and the kids had a great time. And mostly with the music thing I am connected to loads of people here at the Dal and all over Porty, so you always know certain groups of people in certain places so if you are at a loose end of an evening you can always bump into someone.
I come here on Sundays because my Dad plays violin and that. Every. Single. Sunday. My Dad takes me to the Dal. We also go swimming too. I don’t actually like the beach because the water is too salty. I love St Andrews, it does really nice burgers 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
Agreed so Nice and Roddy thank you for encouraging me to be so welcomed into Porty.x
Roddy and Yraina are two of the loveliest Porty Folk, so nice to see them here ❤️
Lovely to see your smile Yraina! We all miss you at PB.
Love your story
That’s the guy with the majestic hair. Awesome.
Cracking photo! Two of Porty’s best
Yraina x roddy xxxx
1 week ago
I have been in Scotland , nearly say, 27yrs. When I first came to Porty, I just lived here because I loved the sea, Copacabana Portobelloo! So the sea yes and Portobello’s character. So when I come in here with my ex and I just stayed and left all that behind me. But I LOVE Portobello it reminds me of home as well because of the sea. My flat has a panorama, I can see the ski slope and then the back is all the sea.
My mum from Brazil and my dad is from Iraq. Two hot countries, roastin’! I love the sun and always I say to the guys and even my customers, forget the ironing, forget the ironing and cleaning, do it when its raining and get out. The sun is not whole days, it’s hours. I enjoy it here, my customers sometimes say how you always sit outside? I say I make it easy so I can top up my tan, let me know if you need me!
Popeyes has been here since 1998, I have been here since. It was two brothers before me and I bought it from them. They had been here for 21 years before me. When I first came here I used to work at Jenners, worked as manager of Cashmere in town but me and my ex had a coffee shop in Nicolson Street called Babylon. But I like it, when I was home I used to get my friends, my family, my husbands family, bring them together and cook!
Sometimes they (the customers) just come here and I know what they are having, they don’t even need to say anything. It’s like living room or kitchen here. I love my job 100%, you have to like what you’re doing.
I’ve not seen much change in Porty, same feeling, same community same mens and women, we need more shops though, on the High Street. ... See MoreSee Less
Heather always has a lovely friendly way and ask after everyone xx
She And I always say hello to each other x she’s a lovely person x
Heather is great, always welcoming customers, love fro your Friday morning ladies xxxxxx
You rock babes xx
she is very good niebours since I been porty
I even peep the horn every time she is outside Popeyes - a smile that lights up Porty! ❤️
Kirsty Wells Nairne Wells 😂 can’t deal with her 🤣xx
I have been in Porty for 7yrs. I was pregnant with my first child and we went for a walk along to the Dalriada and we actually just had a feeling that this was the right thing at the right time. We bought my colleagues flat privately and before we knew it we were living here.
It has got incredibly busier and the only way I can describe Porty is it’s like when you know when you go to College, it’s like a campus for young families. You just like go to the library you bump into people and the High Street you just keep bumping into people. It’s become a bit more, I think, inclusive actually.The creative side of things brings out everybody's good side I think, does that make sense?
I think there is an appeal for everyone and anyone to move to Portobello and that’s because of the sea. Another appeal is not having to go in a car to anywhere, my Doctors is just across the road, I was popping over the road all the time to the Doctors when the girls were little. You don’t need to venture very far to get to anything.
If you don’t have family living here you just really rely on your network of friends, I couldn’t have felt so lucky if I didn’t have my friends, not to necessarily look after my children but to be my friends, and be there, like we’re all in the same boat sort of thing. You’re there for your friends and family when they need you and they are the same for you, I find that very safe.
I do the Friday Fires, just to bring kids out on a Friday to get them together. We mainly do it in winter time to try and survive the winter in the dark. So Friday Fire is lighting a fire at the cake stand and anyone can come. We meet, it's sometimes a big fire or a small fire and the kids run around whilst the adults stand at the fire. Sometimes we do it in really bad weather and we can’t be bothered like, but we do it because we really need it and the kids may be moaning but they actually really enjoy it.
I love it here and we are kind of stuck here, I wish the property prices weren’t quite so high but we are very happy. And that’s saying something isn’t it, that we live in a flat and are still really happy to stay here! ... See MoreSee Less
Lovely words Lisa, I know I am speaking for many that you are one of the amazing porty friend that will always be there to give a helping hand. Love you beautiful. Xx
Lovely post Lisa xxx
Love this, Lisa! x
Best description. It totally felt like coming to and alternative parenting college moving here with the nicest rebel classmates. Is The Skylark the student union? x
I think that is the cherry tree in the garden of Bellfield. Such a lovely photo and love the children in the 'climbing cherry tree' in the back ground. Aileen Reid
You are making me homesick Lovely reading your story xx
This makes me want to come along to the Friday Fires. Good on you for getting out there and creating and contributing to the community. X
And a lovely Human at that!
It couldn't be anyone else here saying it your way and what you say is why I too love being here too. You and your family are a delight.
So true it’s very special here ❤️
Much of this rings true for us Lisa. x
Lisa Shine you rock 🥰
Lisa Shine one of Porty’s best ❤️❤️❤️
First day of the Art Walk Porty and it's been really busy at The Skylark Portobello! People out and about with maps everywhere! Don't forget to come see the amazing humans, not just on the walls. Loads of stories to be heard and faces to be seen. Come along from the 7th to 15th and take one of these folders to your table to enjoy! 😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Humans of Porty shared a photo.
3 weeks ago
Hello all! Come along to this if you are involved in the project or just want to see it! Would be lovely to see you XAll welcome to come to our OPENING NIGHT of the Art Walk, on tomorrow, Thurs 5th Sept, 6.30-8.30pm at The Skylark with Vicki Watson's 'Humans of Porty' exhibition. Free canapés and prosecco. Join us for the celebration of the start of the 5th Porty Art Walk!
The Skylark Portobello Vicki Watson Photography ... See MoreSee Less
The prints look great in there Vicki Watsonian. Well done x
2 months ago
I first moved to Marchmont when I was 18 to study and that was really nice. I miss it over there, I have nostalgia. Then I moved to London and Berlin for about 5 yrs and am based in Stockbridge now. Ever since realising I wanted to open a book shop here I have just been wanting to move to Portobello but with getting the bookshop up and running there just hasn’t been time. We will give the business a couple of years and then move, give ourselves a bit of a breather!
We have just been saying constantly since we opened what a great community it has been to open in, with the response and the books people are buying (I would say this because we chose them!) they are such cool books. We were worried we might have to tweak stuff quite a lot because you don’t know if you are going to get it right straight away. But everybody has said they are very happy with the selection.
I have always been big into books, a big reader and thought about getting into publishing after studying but ended up falling into photography through a series of things. I have always thought that if I could get to a position where I could open a bookshop I would like to, it’s a bit of a dream come true.
I used to come down to Portobello at weekends and when I wasn’t working and thought it was just a great place. There are lots of interesting things happening in Portobello and a great community feel to it. Since returning to the UK I missed a bit of the diversity and interesting people I used to know in Kreuzberg and East London. Portobello has such a variety of people. You walk down the prom of an evening and it is so great for people watching. Europe has all the chairs outside everywhere, the UK doesn’t so much and there is no real other place in Edinburgh you are guaranteed a seat outside to have a coffee or a pint.
The real reason we chose here is because of the feel of the place. It just felt like the ideal place and it’s still got, unlike a lot of the UK at the moment, due to the economic downturn over the last couple of decades, a thriving High Street and a real buzz about it. It just seemed like the perfect place to open a bookshop! ... See MoreSee Less
Delighted you chose Porty for your bookshop. You've created the most wonderfully welcoming place. Thank you. <3
Good luck with the shop!! Great to see an independent book shop opening in porty.
We're so happy you're open. Amazing stock and stunning space.
We bought a book today - absolutely loved the shop. Wishing you all the very best in your venture!
It’s a fabulous shop, beautifully laid out. Portobello needs really interesting small businesses.
Was in today for a browse, Rrreeeeaaaallllyyy awesome shop! Will absolutely be back in 😃
Popped in for the first time last week to get some children’s books as a present, excellent selection. We also had some lovely guests staying who have given us a gift voucher so we’ll be back in soon!
Thank you for coming to Porty!
Welcome! Sooo wanted a bookshop here.
We wish you every success, morag & Jim The just world shop
Loved the shop when we were in last week. Will definitely be a regular.
Welcome! I grew up in a bookshop-owning family, you've picked yourself the most ridiculously intense career going but also a fun one. Try to keep the 90-hour weeks to a minimum, and unplug your broadband router on Christmas day so you don't end up arguing over order notifications pinging during dinner!
Looks great looking forward to visiting! 👍🏻 Gav Weir
Wishing you every success.
Can’t wait to visit next week 👍🏻
Good luck with your latest venture! We'll be popping in when we're down next. Do you allow dogs in?
I’ve lived in Porty on and off for 43 years, I grew up here and left in my late teens/early twenties and came back to raise our children. When I was little I lived in William Field Square right next to the library so I have been coming here all my life, as a customer as well a staff member.
I have always been very bookish and because my gran was very bookish and was in the choir at St James’s I was always stuck in this area and at the library. It’s kind of fated because I always said I wanted work in the library. There are some librarians that worked here since before I was born who have lots of funny stories about me when I was a little. George in Leith always has a story or two but I am not sure if they are true or not!
When I was a kid I was addicted to your Asterix’s and your Tin Tins. I was also a bit weird as they used to have big tall shelves here with compilation books of Punch magazines, it was like the Private Eye of its day. I found myself reading these Punch books a lot and was very familiar with the Government of Clement Attley. As I said, I was a bit of a weird child!
I love working in the library, it’s a brilliant community hub. You get to know the customers, you know their stories and you can talk to them. You get know people and that’s really nice. I have gone through the last 10 years of my life being one of three things, husband to my wife, dad to my three children and the library man. I constantly get kids shouting to me that they saw me at the library and they all call me the badge man. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to everyone for all the kind words and huge thanks to Vicky too, it's very heartwarming that my work and that of the rest of the staff at Porty Library is so appeciated 🙂 👍🏻 That being said, i don’t like to blow my own trumpet but I am kinda great... I kid, I kid! 😉
I love mr library man u so helpful to me each time i come down there to do my holiday paperwork u always laugh ans say again its not been that long. So i will be down again soon so all the best ian ever so helpful to us all
I feel very fortunate to have grown up with the ‘Library Man’ reading me bedtime stories 😁 I love my dad.
Best Bookbug host around! 😀👍🏻
Local hero!!! So generous with your smiles, and always got time to stop and have a wee blether. can't put a value on this, like that mastercard advert... Priceless!!! Meant even more to me when life had gotten v hard as a carer.. Your kindness was definitely priceless.. Thank you
Classic example of the ‘right person for the job!’. Iain has rescued my terrible efforts using the library computers/printers many times! He has the patience of a saint! 👍
Lovely to read all these positive comments about you Ian. So well deserved! You always go above and beyond at your job. Love your bookbug sessions. It's great to have you around .
Was a lovely wee boy now a lovely manager
Ian. You are a very important person in Porty and very loved by all. You are probably not aware of your influence on the kids who have grown up with you and the older 'ladies' me included that love your cheery personality. You always cheer me up when we meet in the street. Never change 😄xxx
So glad that you are still enjoying you time in Porty library .. Your" library mum"
Kicked me out the library in 2012. Wank
All Hail the Librarians! A wonderful post. x x x
One of Porty’s absolute gems 🥳
Ooh look, Elma Sheppard - it’s Iain! Your booking sessions are the best and you are such a kind and friendly librarian 🙂
He’s a lovely man, always happy at his work!
Great guy and a wonderful Library 😊📚👍
I've been in the library before when he's been reading to the kids and he's great!! Does all the voices 🙂 I need to up my game for when I'm babysitting clearly....
Love this! When he used to work in Piershill library my son always referred to him as ' the man with the badges'😀😀
Lovely guy, huge heart , magic family and he’s funny too !
This was lovely to read. He is always so kind to my children 🙂
Beautiful! So nice to read! Thank you for continuing on the tradition and making the library such a warm and inviting place for people of all ages. Elijah (age 2) loves the library! Portobello library has become somewhat of a second home for my toddler who loves your bookbug sessions, reading books, and drawing! 😊📚🎨❤️
It was so nice to read this!
What a lovely story 😀 we are so lucky with the folk who work in Porty library thank you
I've got some funny stories. I first met this guy when he was 5 and I was a 17 year old library assistant.
2 days ago is the anniversary of being here for 2 years! I came to Edinburgh from Greece just for a new experience to be honest. I thought I would try my luck, why not Edinburgh? I had some friends here and thought I would give it a chance. This (Crumbs of Portobello) was the first place I found work. Then after a few months, me and my business partner, the French guy, did a good job and things just happened and we took over all of a sudden. We have also just taken over the other place next door and that’s our lives now!
I still visit Greece once or twice a year and get visitors but this is my life here now, I have moved here (Porty) and to be honest I feel very lucky. Porty is a great place, I like it very much. The Portobello community has been very welcoming, everyone is so friendly and I did not expect that. It’s one of the best things about it all so far and it is the people that have kept me here.
Mostly I am working but in my spare time I like to listen to music. But if I am honest, it’s the French guy who plays the great tunes at Crumbs!
It might be a bit more difficult to move to Greece if you are from abroad to work, perhaps not as friendly. There is no work and a lot of unemployment. It is really hard in Greece at the moment. That is one of the reasons why I decided to come over here and now, now I just feel a part of this place. I feel like I belong here. ... See MoreSee Less
I can confirm, the Crumbs do play some good tunes
Best coffee, bacon and egg rolls and lovely guys with cool music 🎶
Love my caffeine and chats from Crumbs. Gorgeous guys with a good taste in music ❤️
Janey Murdoch crimbles
Our fav place after a long walk along the beach & you are all so friendly & my dog loves your liver cakes 🐶 x
Welcome to the place where I grew up, a great place then, a great place now. My husband, who died recently, was Greek (as if you couldn't guess)!! We lived in Crete for years then returned to Portobello, which he loved too. Unfortunately employment opportunities in Greece are non-existent, but all of the Greeks who have come to work and make their homes in Edinburgh love it here, especially as there are flights direct to Athens and Heraklion!
Crumbs is my fave place for coffee 😁
Must come and sample with my friend Brenda Saridakis
The French Guy - 😂
Two of the nicest guys in portobello!
Great to have you as part of the Porty community
Good coffee and nutella/banana crepe! And very nice people! 😉
Lovely story, will be sure to come by for coffee and liver cake next time I’m on the prom with my pup 🙂
Best coffee in Porty!!!
I love that the Greek guy..calls him the French guy!!!😁😁😁
Great food and coffee - thanks!
Great story and the coffee at Crumbs is my favourite in porty!
Our favourite place on a Sunday (our dogs’ favourite too - they love the liver cakes!)
Portobello is brilliant
Ruby loves you guys too
Where is it?
A great place Crumbs. When I get my grey looking forward to taking the grey to Crumbs
Crumbs is awesome. Well done both of you.
7 months ago
We are Edinburgh born and bred and came to Porty in 1996, 22 years ago. We love it! My children went to Niddrie Marischal Primary but I think that’s away now. My great Granddaughter is now at Towerbank, my daughter is 60!
I am 81 in July and my husband - what age are you? (he leans forward) ‘I’m 21’ you are no, he was 85 at the beginning of February.
There is a lot of things changed about Portobello, for instance they don’t have the outdoor pool anymore and there used to be a lot more going on on the seafront I don’t think it’s better or worse, just different. I do think there should be more things to do for the kids though and they shouldn’t be getting rid of the toilets or the pitz.
When I was young we used to go to the open air pool and swim in the sea. What I mind though was the Salvation Army were always on the prom, in their socks! The rest of Edinburgh has changed too. I used to ride the trams up the bridge and they were double-deckers. And there was no St James centre which is now changing again.
We’ve been coming to the Dalriada for over 10 years now. We used to come before Terry took over. A lady called Jane used to own it, she went away somewhere abroad. Aye, I like the music but we dinnae dance here (husband leans over) ‘but we do like a wee dance sometimes!’ ... See MoreSee Less
Mary J love you ❤️ such a gorgeous photo to cherish never seen you for many years omg you have never changed xx
What a bonny woman
Wow neither of you looks near 80!
They are the lovielst couple xx
Porty born and raised...St Johns Primary...granny and aunts lived on Bath St. fond memories from long ago. Now 77 years old split time between Toronto Ontario and Clearwater Florida.
I love this so much 💚
Lovely couple x
I hope I look even half as good as you at 80! ❤️
Lovely picture xx
I was in Dalriada with my husband & children yesterday & spotted you & your husband enjoying the music xxx
Fab story x
Cutest couple ever ❤️❤️❤️😍
Lovely post! 😍💖
Beauty inside and oot !! Lovely wee story ❤️❤️❤️
Lovely couple! ❤️
Beautiful we hopefully will see you Wednesday afternoon. I'm coming home for a wee holiday from Yorkshire and my chums from my childhood are taking me to the Dalriada. So giddy, I think it's probably 20 years maybe more since I have been to Porty xx
9 months ago
I am originally from Carnoustie and moved to Porty in 2003 after finishing an Art Degree in Dundee. It is certainly a different Porty from the one I arrived in but still a great place.
I ‘dabble’ in acrobatics and my route into that was through Capoeira. I had been performing professionally in circus in 2000 and that was same year I discovered Capoeira, a Brazilian artform, a martial art that involves music and acrobatics. I studied it in Brazil for 6 months and taught it for a while. My wife now teaches it to families at the Wash house on Thursdays.
I am the Magic Mirror in this year’s Porty Panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and It’s the first time I have done Panto since I was in Primary school! Shauna asked me if I would like to be involved, I took a week to decide as there was a whole bunch of things to consider and decided to go for it. It’s a big commitment as we have two young kids and I have two occupations. My wife and I run a forest school for kids at Duddingston Loch and I also have a circus company called Spotted Stripe. So I am working whenever I can. It’s the admin that gets me, after you have worked a full day, dealt with the kids, you realise you have to sit down and do some admin!
The best part about Porty? I absolutely love the Beach, of course. I lOVE living so close to the beach, I step out of my flat door and be on the sand in 30 seconds and that is just MAGIC. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking forward to seeing you tonight!
Absolutely amazing this afternoon as the magic mirror, thanks so much!
Well done today in Snow White 👍
The Magic Mirror works perfectly Phil. Looking great X
Does he live on a boat?
Are you a genie?
Look fwd to seeing you today!
We moved to Porty about 10 years ago, my mum at the time said my Granny would be proud, I wasn’t sure why at first but it turns out she had lived in Pipe Street and King’s Road, so I feel that I sort of straddle ‘Porty newcomer’ and ‘old Porty.’
At the time (we first moved here) I was spending a lot of time working in Manchester, in a place called Chorley that reminded me a lot of the Portobello. It was full of small indy bars selling simple food and good beer and had a community run shop. I wanted to get out of working in TV and was spending too much time away from my family so decided I would like to open a bar in Portobello based on those in Manchester. Then the Skylark opened and was doing exactly what I wanted to do! When I first went in it I wanted to skulk In the corner and find fault with it but I actually couldn’t, I really really liked it and thought they had done a brilliant job. I became good friends with Michael and Nina and When the opportunity came up to buy into it about 3 years ago I took it.
The Skylark is on the wrong side of the road in Porty but that can work in our favour. When the beach is stowed and full of tourists, it can be a refuge for local people to get away from it all, I like that.
I was sitting on the beach one evening drinking rum with some friends. Someone started playing music from a tinny speaker and the conversation turned to music and then buskers and how there weren’t many of them on the prom apart from Andreas; his music to me is the soundtrack that makes the definition between just a beach and the seaside... I then made a bet I could fill the prom with musician pals and local artists and that first year we had about 80 buskers. It has grown a lot since then, we have face painters, a sand castle competition and lots of stalls. It is now a major date in Portobello’s calendar which is weird!
I believe in the decentralisation of things so the busk is not run by me but run by the people who come along to busk. They decide on what they do and how they do it. They don’t need a licence and nobody can stop it. Also the beauty of it is that there are no real overheads to run the Big Beach Busk, so if the weather is really bad then there is no massive worry in terms of losing money on marquees, licenses, generators etc. It’s the perfect model!
When I was handing out flyers one time for the first busk, I was in Edinburgh and handed a flyer to a homeless guy wrapped in his army blanket. He looked at the it and with a thousand yard stare said ‘they won’t like that, the big people won’t like that, they protect Porty, it’s a magical place’ then he snapped his focus back to me, ruddy brilliant. It seems the big people must have approved because we seem to get great weather each year!
It is the Big Beach Busks 9th birthday tomorrow and 10th anniversary next year, I can see the 20th as being even bigger, taking over not just the prom but the high street with music in all the bars and cafes, even floating stages in the Sea and a huge procession to start it off, but don’t tell anyone I said that, that’s a secret.’ ... See MoreSee Less
Your place is my favourite in Portobello!! ❤️ And food is really fresh and good! 👌👌😎😎🥂
My dad's side of the family are from Portobello so it's a place that always feels like home from home due to all the holidays up there over the years. When I met my husband and took him on visits up there he quickly fell in love with the place. On the last couple of visits we'd often pop into the Skylark for black pudding rolls. Sadly he passed away almost 11 months ago, just a couple of months after our last visit. I'm up that way for my Great Aunt's funeral next weekend but I know I'll be making a pit stop for a black pudding roll to remember the happy times we had in there. It's a lovely part of a lovely community.
As a Portobello resident with family history going back several generations in the town I love to hear about people coming here, appreciating the unique character of the place, and making it their home and adding to the fabric of the place! Loving this place whether born and bred or newcomer makes you 'one of us'!
Ciara Doyle - Porty stuff!
Inspirational! How about busking on a paddleboard? 🙂 Kerrie Flockhart and I would swim out to listen.
Try poetry Paul. You would crack it. As an inspiration, read Tony Walsh (or watch him on YouTube). Fabulous. He writes about the people and places he loves. Just like you. 😁
Plenty seeds planted now Paul looking forward to watching some of them grow.
Love ya Paul xxx
Love this human!
Mt favourite day of the summer since for the past 5 years. Thank you!!!
Nice comments, looks like the sun will be shining have a great day. Xx
Captain Wood was from Chorley. First swimmer of the Channel and subject of a poem by Betjeman and on the side of many boxes of matches.
You are amazing Paul Lambie !!! Xxx
Really enjoyed this, nice work man. Looking forward to tomorrow
I love the way Paul has casually created a massive and amazing event. Talented man.
'A’ve lived here for 16 years, born in Leith raised in Haddington. We made the leap to come and live here, I knew my relatives were from Porty. My grandfather was born in Bellfield Lane but the house isnae there now. His father, my great Grandfather, Robert Noble was born at 4 Wellington Street which is now Marlborough Street.
My Great Uncle James, his brother stayed in Marlborough Street too, he worked in the railways, all the Hunters worked in the railways and stayed at Wilson Park, Straighton Place... My Great Grandad, Papa Hunter was chasing a runaway train at Craigentinny and got crushed and died! The family had to move away then.
I’ve not always had one (scooter) but I’ve been a mod for a long time, it doesnae leave you! They have a Mod May Day thing each year where all the district Mods and scooter clubs, meet up. I’m in the Edinburgh Blues and I said to one of the organisers do you want to change it and have a night oot after as well as doing the promenade? Everyone used to just meet up and have a cup of tea and a bacon roll. So I arranged permission from the Dalriada for everyone to meet there. It used to be at the bar at the bottom of King’s Road but the guy who owned it died. It was a really nice day, there was a good turn oot, we had a ska band at night and they were brilliant!
I know nothing about Scooters really, but I got approached by the Edinburgh Blues and joined. It’s good as you get to hang out with people that like the same things and same music as you. They’ve been going since 1979, when I was 12 but I couldn’t afford to be a Mod then! I enjoyed the punk scene, that was good and New Wave, The Boomtown Rats, Blondie, Ska, Specials the Clash, all that.
I’m no getting rid of that (scooter) I’m just going to keep it for posterity. They don’t make them like that anymore cos it has a two stroke engine you’re not allowed due to emissions. The colour is Rosso Dragon.’ ... See MoreSee Less
‘I’ve been living in Portobello for 28 years now, I used to work up in Milton Road in a retirement home. When I retired we quickly bought a property in Musselburgh and didn’t like it so bought here and knew it was right. Since we came the High Street now is virtually unrecognisable but you have everything you need here.
About 5 years ago I acquired these particular panniers, a friend who knows about bikes gave them to me and I thought, I should be using these for some constructive purpose. I always thought a bike was the perfect way of engaging with people. If I want to get a message out, whether people agree with you or disagree and as I am not a member of so many groups anymore, it’s a way to have an influence.
I am that slow now people could stop me when I am ambling along and say hey! What’s all that about? (laughs) But you don’t get too much of that these days. Once or twice people have said in a very friendly way, I don’t agree with you at all.’
‘Europe was very imperfect and many things about it have made me think, why am I actually supporting this? But I feel that we didn’t get a choice, the choice was taken away from us, we should have been given the opportunity to have a say and that’s just not on.
I feel that I can’t really influence very big issues but I am here in Portobello, I am known and can influence issues incrementally by supporting things such as keeping the Pitz, the football pitches for instance, that’s one I support along with other environmental issues. People may not agree but you can make them think, what more can you do then getting people to think? You can’t change their mind necessarily.
I had a bike 35 years ago when I was working up North and I was very much involved in the peace movement and I had a sign up saying ‘The Peace Pedlar’, I had that always on my bike and then went kind of dormant until I got those panniers a few years ago.
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David's campaign bike is a legend. I try to take picture of the messages when I see it. David is an inspiration.
I ❤️seeing his messages on his bike and my kids often ask what they mean 👍🏼
Kim Wallace Donna Smyth ❤️
David you have always made a difference ! Greetings from Nairn where you used to live for a while!
Good on you! Love that wee bike 😊
94!!! He’s awesome! 💛
Not disagreed with any of his messages 👍
I may not always share your politics ,Respect your views good health to you sir
Good for you! Keep pedalling!
Love it and I entirely agree with you
I always wondered who owned that bike. Nice to know it’s yours.
Sir, you are a brilliant man keep on truckin
What a legend 😊
This is amazing!
Thank you for sharing this!
Dear David What a wonderful post! Do good to see those Dutch panniers Deirdre gave you still giving such good service! With love to you both, David
Keep peddling amazing man.
Love it 💚
Tara Barnacle Watts
What an inspiration!
'I zigzagged my way to Porty 7 years ago from India, through Orkney and even had a stint in Fraserborough, the Broch! We came to Edinburgh on a visit and decided this is where we wanted to live and a year later we were here.
I have seen Portobello change even in that time, the 'gentrification' if you like, but even so, the community seems to rub shoulders with each other quite happily, the newcomers and the original Porty dwellers.
All of Edinburgh suffers from 'gentrification' its a nice place to live, its bound to happen. I mean look at us sitting here (the beach) and jump on a bus and in 10 mins you are in the centre of Edinburgh. Portobello is the added jam on it, why would you want to live anywhere else?
I was an illustrator for years, having to supplement my work with teaching jobs as there wasn't enough work. When I got here I decided to get off the rat wheel and concentrate on my work as an illustrator and have since started a spoken word theatre company called Poetry Circus which began here at the Dalriada. We have recently moved to Leith for more space but we come back here occasionally and are returning during the festival on the 24th!
Spoken word was a total accident for me. About 7 or 8 years ago I wrote a book and whilst doing library tours my publicist asked me to read a chapter out of the book. I wasn't keen but realised it was something I should learn to do. I saw an advertisement for a performance workshop in Portobello library and the guy who ran it suggested I do some open mic gigs.
Of all the art forms it pays the least but you get a big kick out of it, it's a real buzz. Most of my stuff is funny but I like to keep people on their toes and occasionally do something really hard hitting and depressing, but that's life isn't it?' ... See MoreSee Less
Could we get the name of each of these fascinating people each week?
Fab , your right about the gentrification, , still love porty tho. 😙
Where in Leith are you?
I love this 🎉
'When I was young I worked making candy floss at Mrs Polozzi's which was a chip shop and she sold candy floss out the front windae, Candy floosss, get your candy floss here! And then I worked at the Fun City that was owned by Solly Mackintosh and then I worked at Erinolls Souvenir Shop that sold Kiss Me Quick hats and all sorts. I also worked the Donkeys but that job didn't last long.
Glaswegians used to come here for the trade fortnight and the place was packed! You couldnae find a space on the beach at all. That was Portys' hay day, the pubs were rammed every night and we went dancing in the town hall. They used to come and stay in the Seabeach, the Hammy and the Seahaven either that or they all had an Auntie in Niddrie!
I got bought my first house in Ramsay Place beside the Police Station for £2000! And when I got married I lived in Bath Street. My house cost me £7000 then and it had big bedrooms and high ceilings with all the cornicing and lovely big black fire places and I didn't want any of it! I told my Dad to rip it all out, now they're putting it all back in!
We have to get two buses to get here these days but it's worth it, I wish they still sold deck chairs on the beach though!' ... See MoreSee Less
Those were the days Donna the hammy lodge it’s great getting down to porty the weather has been great xx
Erinalls souvenir shop, owned by Erin Dean who also owned the Tower Amusements. First time I ever saw a Rolls Royce.
The triplets were heather Linda Eileen shaw born 1947
Yes i no ive just been sitting in my garden going away in august xx
I used to drink in the hammy good old days look at the colour if u xx
Sandra Pennycuick. Here you are! 😊😊😊X
I bought my first place in Ramsay Place too. If I could have waved a magic wand and made it bigger I would never have moved ❤️
Itd be great to know peoples names each time, even a first name if not an original name. I LOVE this page!!!! Thank you
'I was born in Porty, one of three triplets, at 17 Mitchells Buildings opposite the power station. There were 7 of us, 6 girls and one boy. We were 5 pounds each so a good size and my mum had us at home because the NHS didn't start until 1948. My parents paid the Doctor £9 for helping to deliver us, £3 each!
We were quite famous then, the Shaw triplets, because having triplets was rare in those days. My mum used to make a fortune when she pushed us down the beach in a single and double buggy as people put money in them. People as far away as Canada sent clothes and money to us and we were always in the paper. She dressed us in the same clothes until we were 15, she would buy two of the same outfit and make the other one!
We left to live in Nigeria when me and my sisters were two but my other sisters and brothers went to Towerbank Primary. We returned to Edinburgh and I always come here in Summer. I like going to Spain but I would just come here if the weather was like this all the time, why would need to go anywhere else?' ... See MoreSee Less
Great story ❤x
'I will miss the children aye, I don't know how I remember all their names but lots of them I have known since they were babies because of the job I had before being the lollipop lady.
We moved to Joppa when I was 10 months old and then I moved to King's Road when I got married. I went to Towerbank Primary and I will always remember the outdoor toilets, they were freezing! We didn't do anything really at the end of school, just went home and were happy we were on holidays so we could play on the beach.
My father was a photographer for the Glasgow Herald, he took lots of photos of the Queen and all sorts. I was in the paper a lot! I have lots of photos of his, a big box of them, I might spend the summer sorting through them all.' ... See MoreSee Less
Susan, you are a Porty legend!
Would be lovely if you can share some of your Dads photos here
Susan how you doing we were brought up in the same street 😁
She’s so lovely always makes an effort to make conversation with my wee guy after nursery xx
Will surely miss that gorgeous smile you take good care of yourself, crossing will never be the same without you, bless you xxx
Hubby gonna miss threating to tun u over with his wheelchair xx
What a story. I would love to hear more. 😍
You do a wonderful job lived beside you in colliesden Grove x
You were In my class at Towerbank Susan . We haven’t moved far from our roots have we !
Love this 😊
Perfect 1st human of porty (or 2nd)
'I have lived in Porty for the last 11 years with my husband and (now) three daughters. We moved from the centre of Edinburgh when my first daughter was 3 months old.
I had come to Porty for a wee afternoon stroll when I was nearing the end of my pregnancy and had a light bulb moment, why the funk would you want to live anywhere else in Edinburgh?
Much to my husbands annoyance, nowhere else but within the one mile radius from the heart of Portobello would even be considered when looking to move house. Whether it was hormones or just plain fate, it was the best move we ever made.
A decade down the line and I still feel the same way. Porty is rich with all walks of life. It has seen massive changes in the last 20 years but even with the 'bacon sandwiches'/'gentrification' debate it has, at it's heart, an almost village like mentality where the community is diverse yet still close and cohesive, whilst also being passionate and combative as it strives for a better future for its residents.
This is, in part, a photography project for me but it is also a real opportunity to scratch the surface and have a wee gander into the lives of the people we rub shoulders with everyday.
I hope to meet as many Porty folk as I can and am happy to hear from anybody who would like to be involved! Don't be afraid if you see me lurking with a camera but I would love to take your photo and hear your chat, no pressure of course.
This is me in the photie with my two favourite things, apart from my family of cosss. Photo by Ian Hartley, a brilliant photographer within the hugely creative community of Porty.'
My photography Facebook page is Vicki Watson Photography
My photography website is www.vickiwatson.photography
My email address is email@example.com
The Instagram account is Humans_of_Portobello
EXCITED. TELL ME YOUR STORY. ... See MoreSee Less
We love it!!
Love the photo. I used to get humans of new york forwarded from time to time, and love the idea of you doing it in porty.... Brilliant....
We want in! Good luck!!!!
Fabulous! Congratulations on your new venture. 🎉📸
Love this idea x
Love this. Go on Vicki! X
Brilliant. That is a fantastic photo 😍
Must be loads of interesting folks in Porto. Search them out Vickie.
This is so flippin' exciting!!!!
Great project! All the best!
Your photos are great Vicki! Now I know where The girls get their creative talent from x
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