Remember when: More than just a picnic park

Children on the miniature steam railway at a Fit'n'Fun day n March 1992. Picture: TSPL
Children on the miniature steam railway at a Fit'n'Fun day n March 1992. Picture: TSPL
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LOVED by locals for the wide open space they provide in the city, come rain or shine the Meadows are a popular hang-out for families, sports enthusiasts, cyclists and dog walkers.

But this week fans of the grassy retreat were criticised for damaging the attraction through careless barbecue use, as countless scorched patches were discovered in the aftermath of mass al fresco dining prompted by the heatwave.

Nanoushka provides pony rides for children in 1985. Picture: TSPL

Nanoushka provides pony rides for children in 1985. Picture: TSPL

Appeals have been made ahead of this weekend – which is expected to be another hot one – and residents living around the Meadows are keeping their fingers crossed for barbecue-users to stick to the designated sites.

Back in 1985, when our main picture was taken at the Meadows Festival that June, disposable barbecues would have been an object of curiosity.

Very few people would have thought of a meal there extending beyond a traditional sandwich picnic, the trend for barbecues outwith your back garden really only taking off in very recent years.

But it is not all about food, as these pictures show, for in March 1992 the main attraction at the Meadows was the Fit ‘n’ Fun day where more than 5000 people gathered to help raise £11 million for the nearby Sick Kids hospital.

The event included a miniature steam railway for children as well as a massive conga dance.

In July 1962, the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland, were the highlight at the Meadows as they marched down Jawbone Walk to take part in a shoot for the Edinburgh Silver Arrow.

Pictured here, three locals boys, dressed in long socks and shorts, watched in wonder as the men paraded past them in full uniform.