Nostalgia: Having a cuppa through the years

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Everyone loves a nice cup of tea. So what better way to support a worthy cause than to throw a tea party?

Staff at Eteaket in Frederick Street packed up their tea sets and tea leaves and took them to the Sick Kids hospital to spread a little happiness among children, families and staff.

Jean Adams serves tea to girls at Moredun Youth Club at Fernieside School in 1955

Jean Adams serves tea to girls at Moredun Youth Club at Fernieside School in 1955

As part of the tea company’s Cuppas for Causes campaign, they arrived bearing gifts of sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, cakes – and of course a range of teas including Breakfast Blend, Royal Earl Grey, Blooming Marvellous and Perfect Peppermint.

There perhaps wasn’t such a wide selection on offer to workmen in 1971 as they prepared the outdoor pool in Portobello before the start of the season.

One worker looked suitably relaxed perched on the diving board as he poured a welcome cup of tea from his flask. A drink for all ages, some girls at Moredun Youth Club at Fernieside School eagerly queued up for a cuppa served by Jean Adams in December 1955.

And as young Leslie Whitfield, Marion Duncan and Mairi MacKay proved at Newington Day Nursery in November 1968, you’re never too young to learn how to throw a good tea party.

The height of sophistication, the youngsters dressed in perfect attire as they awaited a cup of the good stuff.

From young to old, a group of women enjoyed a dance at an afternoon tea dance held in the Assembly Rooms as part of Edinburgh’s Spring Fling in June 1987.

Hearts players Billy Higgins, Danny Ferguson, Willie Polland, Bobby Ross and Johnny Hamilton also enjoyed a cuppa along with trainer Johnny Harvey at Waverley Station after their match with Dundee was cancelled in 1962.