Nostalgia: Take it as read

A little boy reads his comic as his friends look on in August 1964; below, South Bridge Primary pupils with their books in 1963

A little boy reads his comic as his friends look on in August 1964; below, South Bridge Primary pupils with their books in 1963

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ENGROSSED in his comic, this little boy was in no rush to get to school in August 1964.

His satchel hung by his side, his friends waiting patiently, whatever he was reading had his full attention.

Nothing beats getting stuck into a good read, be it a comic, a book or a newspaper. Sharing the tales with others is also a great joy.

This weekend, the Scottish Storytelling Centre is tapping into such enthusiasm by bringing a much-loved children’s classic, Little Red Riding Hood, to the stage.

Courtesy of the Horse and Bamboo Theatre company, the re-telling of the girl-and-the-wolf tale – with some pantomime style silliness – is expected to draw in crowds.

It is likely that these youngsters, pictured in October 1963 at South Bridge Primary, would have loved a trip to the theatre to see some of their literary favourites brought to life.

Here they are in their infant school library, its creation an experiment by the then local authority which proved so successful it featured in that year’s Civic Exhibition.

For any bookworms out there, this picture of a small boy perched on a seat in Patrick Thomsons department store in January 1962 is bound to make them smile. His mother is hunting for bargains in the background while he gets to grips with his copy of the Dandy Book – possibly a much longed for Christmas present.

And who could not find amusement in the picture from the Scottish Agricultural Fair, at Ingliston, in November 1989. It clearly was not just farmer Lynne Anderson who was enjoying her ripping yarn – her Charolais bull was clearly enthralled, too.