The park life of the past

Children at St Margaret's Park in April 1964 - two girls on one swing - this is called ' beaming up'
Children at St Margaret's Park in April 1964 - two girls on one swing - this is called ' beaming up'
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Edinburgh is renowned for its glorious green ­spaces. But away from the likes of the Meadows and Princes Street Gardens, parks are at the heart of every community.

This week saw a campaign get under way to save a children’s play park in Ratho.

The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) play at the bandstand in Saughton Park in June 1966

The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) play at the bandstand in Saughton Park in June 1966

The park – which is at least 50 years old – is planned to be phased out by the end of the year but campaigners have called for it to be revamped instead.

They insist it is as well used and loved as it was when it opened in 1964.

Back then, the fashions may have been different but the fun was the same.

The Evening News was at St ­Margaret’s Park in April that year and pictured two girls “beaming up”, as it was called (essentially, the slightly risky practice of both riding on the same swing).

Boys sailing yachts on Inverleith Pond

Boys sailing yachts on Inverleith Pond

Holyrood Park and St ­Margaret’s Loch was the place to go in July 1966 to cool down as children played ­happily with a beach ball.

Not something you could imagine the swans would be too happy about these days.

Saughton Park was also a popular place for a dip which was where the Evening News snapper was sent for the ­customary weather picture in the boiling hot July of 1969.

It was altogether more ­refined at Inverleith pond.

Cooling down at the Saughton Park paddling pool

Cooling down at the Saughton Park paddling pool

Not much has changed there over the years as we can see from the 1954 picture of boys sailing their yachts.

It remains a popular place today – algae dependent, of course – to sail boats, ­although they do perhaps ­travel slightly faster these days, and there are fewer shorts on display.

Living Memories supplement.  Children in the paddling pool at St Margaret's Loch in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, July 1966

Living Memories supplement. Children in the paddling pool at St Margaret's Loch in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, July 1966