IT is an attraction which sent the heart rates of eager gymnasts pounding – and that was before it had even opened its doors.
Today, suspense surrounding Portobello’s new gymnastics and soft play centre – the first purpose-built facility of its kind in Edinburgh – comes to an end as its opening ribbon is sliced and hundreds of enthusiastic customers are expected to rush to test it.
Tumbles – as the state-of-the-art centre on the Promenade is called – will cater not only for boisterous toddlers, but elite athletes of all ages as a key training facility for their sporting needs.
It is an attraction sports enthusiasts from Edinburgh’s yesteryear would have loved to have had the opportunity to train in as they honed their skills.
Pictured here in March 1964, these youngsters at Clermiston Primary School performed their gymnastics moves in their main hall, ahead of a concert to be held in the building that week.
Similarly, without a sprung floor in sight, girls from 1R1 are pictured here doing PE in the James Clark gymnasium in December 1970, considered more than fit for purpose back in the day.
Of course, the Capital has a long-standing history with gymnastics and we have been wowed on many occasions by the talents of sports people who have performed here, including those pictured in Pilrig Park during the 1986 Festival.
Carole Sherman, Joanne Robley Dixon and Sally Dewhurst performed as part of Circus Senso, leaving audiences shocked by their agility.
And in August 1984, similar wonder was shown when the Junior Leaders’ Regiment of the Royal Artillery put on an amazing high-flying gymnastics display as part of the Tattoo.