Remember when: Edinburgh basking in sunshine

Children with nets and glass jars of pondlife enjoy the last of the summer heatwave at Inverleith pond in 1990. Picture: TSPL
Children with nets and glass jars of pondlife enjoy the last of the summer heatwave at Inverleith pond in 1990. Picture: TSPL
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THERE’S nothing quite like it.

Being able to put on your shorts and T-shirt and head to your favourite local beauty spot to bask in the glorious sunshine is not something Edinburgh residents get to do very often.

Nanoushka provides pony rides for children at The Meadows Festival in June 1985. Picture: TSPL

Nanoushka provides pony rides for children at The Meadows Festival in June 1985. Picture: TSPL

But this week, we have been able to do just that.

With soaring temperatures allowing us to finally shed our layers, locals have been flocking to grassy areas and beaches to soak up the sunshine and enjoy what summer has to offer.

Portobello beach has always been a popular hotspot as soon as the sun comes out.

This week has seen an influx of visitors to Edinburgh’s seaside, all looking to secure a prime spot on the beach.

Boys enjoy the paddling pool at St Margaret's Loch, Queen's Park, in 1959. Picture: TSPL

Boys enjoy the paddling pool at St Margaret's Loch, Queen's Park, in 1959. Picture: TSPL

A bunch of children cooled off in thesea at Portobello in July 1966. Another hot summer back in July 1959 saw boys and girls take advantage of a paddling pool at St Margaret’s Loch in Holyrood Park.

The boys – stripped down to their shorts – raced through the water as the girls looked on, paddling at the side.

August 1990 saw more glorious sunshine in the Capital.

Children enjoyed the last of that summer’s heatwave at Inverleith Pond.

Paddling their feet, they collected pondlife using little jars and fishing nets.

The Meadows Festival enjoyed some sunshine in June, 1985.

Crowds flocked to the popular parkland to take part in the range of activities on offer, which included pony rides for children.

And there was barely a patch of grass left in Princes Street Gardens in June, 1968 as sun worshippers relaxed in the park.