Old photos bring Fountainbridge’s history to life

Mungo Reid won first prize with this photo of his father and grandfather with their delivery horses at McEwan's Brewery. Picture: Mungo Reid
Mungo Reid won first prize with this photo of his father and grandfather with their delivery horses at McEwan's Brewery. Picture: Mungo Reid
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FOUNTAINBRIDGE’S rich history has been brought to life after hoardings surrounding a new £200 million development were decorated in photos.

A competition run by the Evening News and developers Grosvenor asked readers to send in old pictures of the area to showcase its varied past, with prizes up for grabs for the best images.

Brenda Sinclair won  second prize for this 1955 photo of her father and his friends.Picutre: Brenda Sinclair

Brenda Sinclair won second prize for this 1955 photo of her father and his friends.Picutre: Brenda Sinclair

And now the winning snaps have been added to boards outside Grosvenor’s Springside development, forming a gallery celebrating an area once renowned as the Capital’s industrial heartland – as well as being the birthplace of Sean Connery.

First prize was handed to Mungo Reid, who submitted a photograph from the 1940s featuring his father and grandfather with their delivery horses at McEwan’s Brewery. Mr Reid scooped a £100 voucher for Hunter Boots – formerly the Fountainbridge-based North British Rubber Company – from supplier Aitken and Niven.

Second place – and a £25 voucher for Loudon’s cafe – was awarded to Brenda Sinclair’s 1955 photo showing her father and his friends outside a tenement in Dundee Street before they set off on a bike ride.

And third prize went to Ken Chalmers, with a photo depicting the August 1939 newsletter of Fountainbridge Church, where his grandfather was the church officer.

Robin Blacklock, project director for Grosvenor, was impressed by the range of photographs submitted.

He said: “It has been fascinating to see all these colourful images as they reveal just how much the area has changed, particularly in the last few decades.”

Student accommodation, an apartment block and a public square have already been built at the Springside site, but developers also aim to deliver an office and retail complex, as well as a four-star hotel and more homes.

Euan Mcgrory, deputy editor of the Evening News and a judge in the competition, said it was the back-story behind the winning photo that had appealed to him.

He added: “The obvious pride of the staff in their work and their animals along with the family link with Mungo’s father and grandfather working together elevates this image for me above the other wonderful brewery pictures submitted. And, of course, the brewery itself could hardly be more Fountainbridge.”

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