Nostalgia: When holiday meant staycation

A packed Portobello Beach in May 1952

A packed Portobello Beach in May 1952

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THERE was hardly an inch to spare on Portobello Beach back in 1952 as sun worshippers crammed themselves in to every available stretch to make the most of the glorious weather.

Basking in the heat, children and adults alike dipped in and out of the sea, revelling in the thrills of the nearby funfair also, as they enjoyed a holiday to remember.

Boys in the paddling pool at St Margaret's Loch in Holyrood Park

Boys in the paddling pool at St Margaret's Loch in Holyrood Park

Quite whether the summer of 2013 will prove as hot remains to be seen, but as the schools are now officially out and all fingers remain crossed for decent weather, Portobello beach will most certainly be a destination of choice for many locals and visitors.

Of course, many of us will also choose to take a short break away from the Capital, just as these holiday makers did in 1966 when they boarded trains at Waverley Station.

Although it was the annual Spring Holiday break, chilly snow showers greeted them at the station as they eagerly waited for their transport, wrapped in long coats and hats.

Cold weather or not, many travellers were heading off on family camping trips, determined to make the most of cheap weekend travel tickets courtesy of British Railways.

Many were however thrilled at the prospect of snow as they headed further north to enjoy everything Scotland’s winter sports centres had to offer that year.

Such was the case in March 1970 for holiday makers from Gracemount Secondary School who were lucky enough to be going on a skiing trip to Switzerland.

Aged between 12 and 16, and clearly thrilled at the adventure ahead of them, the youngsters posed for pictures in the school grounds before leaving for the 12-day vacation, along with three members of the staff.