Nostalgia: Going bananas at Edinburgh markets

Bananas for sale at the Chesser Avenue fruit market in 1977. Picture: TSPL

Bananas for sale at the Chesser Avenue fruit market in 1977. Picture: TSPL

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LAST month, Marie Curie launched its new fundraising campaign, Dinner Down Memory Lane.

It’s all about staging your own dinner party, recreating your favourite nostalgic food, having a lot of fun and raising some vital cash in the process.

Fruit boxes and pallets outside the Chinese market in Edinburgh's Argyle Place, October 1989. Picture: TSPL

Fruit boxes and pallets outside the Chinese market in Edinburgh's Argyle Place, October 1989. Picture: TSPL

The Evening News is supporting the cause and encouraging readers to take part, which led to us having a look into our picture files for some inspiration.

The most important part of any successful dinner is, of course, the food. And getting the right ingredients is key to that.

Edinburgh residents may remember the Old Fruit Market, a regular feature of Market Street and a must visit for those wanting the freshest of ingredients. We pictured delivery men with a pallet of cabbages outside the Fruit Market in January 1972.

Bananas were the order of the day at the Chesser Avenue fruit market in February 1977 – the perfect ingredient for a retro banoffee pie.

Carcass Show and Sale at Edinburgh Meat Market - at corner of Semple Street and Fountainbridge - - James and David Runciman with Cup. Picture: TSPL

Carcass Show and Sale at Edinburgh Meat Market - at corner of Semple Street and Fountainbridge - - James and David Runciman with Cup. Picture: TSPL

Getting the perfect cut of meat is also important for any dinner party.

And it’s never so important to get this right than when you’re hosting Christmas dinner.

Crowds flocked to the Christmas poultry sale at the Central Meat Market Co Ltd in Ponton Street to secure their festive feast.

Whatever you decide to cook on the night, make sure you have fun doing so, and enjoy gathering your family and friends together. This campaign is the perfect excuse to do just that.

A woman in Wm Low supermarket pays for her shopping with a Barclaycard in one of the first shops to offer debit payments using the EFTPoS system in January 1990. Picture: TSPL

A woman in Wm Low supermarket pays for her shopping with a Barclaycard in one of the first shops to offer debit payments using the EFTPoS system in January 1990. Picture: TSPL

You can find out all you need to know online by visitingmariecurie.org.uk/retronight (and remember to tweet a picture using the hashtag #retrodinner).

Murals on the Savacentre supermarket in the Cameron Toll shopping centre, Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

Murals on the Savacentre supermarket in the Cameron Toll shopping centre, Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

Workers in the bakery department of Safeway's supermarket at Maybury Drive Edinburgh, newly-opened in September 1979. Picture: TSPL

Workers in the bakery department of Safeway's supermarket at Maybury Drive Edinburgh, newly-opened in September 1979. Picture: TSPL