Nostalgia: Sunny days in Trades Holiday Fortnight

Hundreds of sun seekers flock to Portobello beach while, below, Mr W Devon, Caroline Devon and Linda Gillespie enjoy toffee apples - all in 1958

Hundreds of sun seekers flock to Portobello beach while, below, Mr W Devon, Caroline Devon and Linda Gillespie enjoy toffee apples - all in 1958

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THERE was little room to move as holidaymakers packed themselves on to Portobello beach to enjoy a warm July day in 1958.

It was the traditional Trades Holiday Fortnight, meaning thousands of people were keen to relax, spend time with family and friends and put work to the very back of their minds.

The seaside attraction was not quite as busy this week, but high summer temperatures ensured it was a must-visit destination for many sun worshippers, particularly schoolchildren on their seasonal break.

Many of those city workers enjoying the 2014 Trades Holiday Fortnight will likely have been on the beach, too, while others will have opted to visit further flung locations. In 1959, long queues of people were desperate to make the most of their fortnight’s holiday, waiting for buses at St Andrew Square to take them from the Capital for a break elsewhere.

The rush saw hundreds of eager travellers line the streets, their bags in hands, bored children waiting patiently for news from their parents of an imminent departure.

Back in July 1976, holidaymaker Jane Garden was pictured at Waverley Station as she waited to go on vacation with her family – realising a sand bucket could double up as a hat.

And for many people, of course, Edinburgh is the place to go for an annual holiday. Such was the case for enthusiastic visitors from Stirling, who made Portobello their destination of choice for the Trades Holiday of July 1958.