‘Old Leithers’ keeping historic port’s spirit alive

Old Leithers with family and friends gather to share their memories and photographs. Picture: Stewart Attwood
Old Leithers with family and friends gather to share their memories and photographs. Picture: Stewart Attwood
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Leithers from across the globe joined together yesterday to celebrate memories of the area from the “old days”.

They call themselves the “Old Leithers”, a group of people raised in the port, many of whom later moved on to start lives elsewhere across the world.

Leithers Reunion event organisers John Tailford, Frank Ferri and Graham Whyte gather at the Leith Dockers Club.  Picture: Stewart Attwood Photography 2017.

Leithers Reunion event organisers John Tailford, Frank Ferri and Graham Whyte gather at the Leith Dockers Club. Picture: Stewart Attwood Photography 2017.

They have come together online to share stories, childhood memories and photographs.

Organiser Frank Ferri, who lived in Leith from 1935 to 1958, said although the layout of the area has changed, the spirit of Leith lives on. “Architecturally the area has changed enormously, with things we remember such as the Old Kirkgate and Tolbooth Wynd, old dance halls and cinemas.

“Events such as the Leith Festival help to encourage the community and young people and kids still very much have that old Leith spirit in them.”

Picture: Stewart Attwood

Picture: Stewart Attwood

Picture: Stewart Attwood

Picture: Stewart Attwood

Picture: Stewart Attwood

Picture: Stewart Attwood

Picture: Stewart Attwood

Picture: Stewart Attwood

Picture: Stewart Attwood

Picture: Stewart Attwood