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Council matters

Councillors are eventually

ready to run the city

Cycling for all A rich tapestry Burke & Hare

Give the trishaws a try

in Holyrood Park

Andrew Crummy’s project to

feature in documentary

New book details the crimes of

an infamous deadly duo

Lee is the man

Vital appointment announced

at Easter Road

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June 2022


Musicians from Oi Musica, Kinetika

Bloco and Brass Blast rehearse

on Portobello prom

Band together for Jubilee!

Portobello street band musicians are off to London to play for The Queen

Martin P McAdam

EDINBURGH street band specialists

Oi Musica have gathered a one-off

performance group of Scotland’s top

street musicians together for the

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

which will feature a UK recordbreaking

12 sousaphone players.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant

takes place on Sunday 5 June, with

more than 6,000 costumed

performers processing down the Mall

to Buckingham Palace in front of an

international TV audience of millions.

Oi Musica will feature in the

Carnival section of the Pageant – one

of only two Scottish performance

groups to do so – alongside the cream

of the UK’s carnival, circus and

outdoor arts performance companies.

The 32-strong troupe will join

the ranks of Kinetika Bloco –

a carnival powerhouse and Youth

Company in Residence at London’s

Southbank Centre.

Read more on page eight



MAY HAS been rather a long month

beginning with the local elections and all

the discussions about forming a council of

one colour or several. It does seem that our

online readers are very interested in what

happens at the council - on the day of the

election results our visitor numbers were

about five times as high as they

normally are.

I hope that by the time this paper goes to

press there is some settled will at the City

Chambers and that the new councillors can

get to work. There is certainly plenty for

them to do.

“The streets are dirty - and what are

those gold and black things over there?

And Cockburn Street - are those shacks for

eating in?” This from an Australian friend

returning to Edinburgh who lamented the

state of our city centre.

I have to agree. It is self-evident to all of

us who live in the city that considerable

cleaning up and repairing of roads and

pavements has to be done in the city even

if only to spruce it up in time for any

Festival visitors later this summer.

Our centre pages are devoted to a more

uplifting story - a film may be made about

Andrew Crummy, the designer of The Great

Tapestry of Scotland who has used his

illness in a creative way.

Our resident foodie, Juliet, has been

quaffing beer this month as you will see on

page 17. Most recently she was aboard

Fingal so watch this space or read online

about the food she enjoyed there.

In a nod to vanity I have changed my

profile photo above - taken by the

American iphoneographer Jack

Hollingsworth who I spent time with in

London recently at a conference. Credit is

due to him for taking a photo I actually

like...he claims to have taken 1 million

photos on a phone. It was more than a little

odd to be in Olympia with hundreds of

others - and not a single mask in sight.

Perhaps this is now the new normal. I hope

so and I am sure you do too. If you have any

story tips then please do get in touch.

Phyllis Stephen Editor

Letters to the editor

Ending veterans’ homelessness for good

Dear Editor,

When someone has served their country in

the Armed Forces, the least we can do is

support them when they make the move back

to civilian life. Yet every year thousands of

veterans end up sleeping rough, sofa surfing

or living in unsuitable hostels because they’re

unable to access housing and slip through the

net. Those that have served their country,

often through the most trying of times,

deserve better.

The Armed Forces Covenant states that

anyone who has served in the Forces should

face no disadvantage, and this includes

accessing social housing. Veterans, who are

especially vulnerable to homelessness, should

be prioritised for support.

We’ve seen a dramatic rise in the number

of homeless veterans seeking help since the

pandemic. With the rising cost of living crisis,

we know the situation is going to get worse.

Too often former members of the Armed

Forces miss out on housing support because

they aren’t identified as a veteran. As leading

voices in the veterans housing sector, we’ve


THERE ARE 6,000 copies of the Edinburgh Reporter distributed

through a network of city businesses and public buildings.

The paper is also distributed at Stockbridge Market on the first

weekend of the month.

You will find copies at Farmer Autocare, Summerhall, Art & Craft

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joined the No Homeless Veterans [www.

nohomelessveterans.org.uk] campaign to urge

local authorities to do more.

It’s vital that when someone needs help with

housing, they are asked whether they’ve

served in the Forces. If they have, this should

be recorded. Once identified, they can be

directed towards support that’s available.

Many, particularly in Scotland, already do,

but all local authorities across the UK should

be identifying veterans quickly. There is no

need for them to be sofa surfing, bouncing

from hostel to hostel, or sleeping on the

streets. Our heroes deserve better and it’s

inexcusable to leave them out in the cold.

Planning News


lodged for new signage on number

65 George Street with some fit out

works which will allow

Abercrombie & Fitch to open in the

former Jack Wills unit.

Caffè Nero is moving to the

former TSB premises on the corner

of Castle Street and Rose Street and

has applied for permission to fit out

the premises at 19 Castle Street.

The coffee shop will have dual


The £15 million MacMillan Hub

just off Pennywell Road is making

progress with the contractors

Robertson Construction Limited

now on site.

Plans have been submitted for

conversion of the former Port Edgar

Naval Barracks on Society in South

Queensferry to housing with a café

and single serviced apartment.

There are 49 apartments planned

by Lar Housing Trust.

The former BHS store on Princes

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Richard Gammage, CEO, Stoll • Andrew Lord

MBE, CEO, Alabaré • Bernard Stonestreet,

Executive Secretary/Founder • East Sussex

Veterans Hub • Tim Stockings • CEO, Haig Housing

Sheena MacKay, Case Manager, Help for Heroes

Steve Bentham-Bates, CEO • Help 4 Homeless

Veterans • Moira Bayne, CEO, Housing Options

Scotland • Colonel (Ret’d) Tony Gauvain, Chair/

CEO, PTSD Resolution • Emrys Rogers, Head of

Housing & Assurance, Royal Air Force Benevolent

Fund • Mark Shields, Head of Community Support,

Royal Air Forces Association • Brigadier (Ret’d)

Martin Nadin OBE, Chief Executive, Scottish

Veterans Residences

Street is to become an upmarket

fashion retailer, Flannels. The 24,000

square feet is to be let by LaSalle

Investment Management on behalf

of the British Coal Pension Fund.

This is their first store in Scotland

- with a handful of others spread

from the east to west coasts

of England.

There is an online consultation

event on 7 June from 4.30pm to

6.30 pm for the A-listed former

Scottish Widows building next to

the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

The site at 15 Dalkeith Road

could become 200 houses and

green offices.

Plans have been lodged for Plots

13 - 125 West Craigs by Smith Scott

Mullan Associates for Dunedin

Canmore. This development of 125

new homes with roads and

infrastructure including hard and

soft landscaping will be built on a

site 100 metres north east of 19

Turnhouse Road.

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North Edinburgh lay

down the gauntlet

as a festival venue

Martin P McAdam

Reaching Kidical Mass

Young cyclists take to the city’s streets asking for safer places to go


KIDICAL MASS is an event which calls for

better and safer infrastructure for children so

that they can ride bikes more safely.

It is up to politicians to take action to improve

the infrastructure on our roads and streets, and

the hope is for more, not less, action for future

generations. The ride took place through the

city’s streets with children on balance bikes,

others with stabilisers, some on scooters and

others aboard bikes ridden by adults - in trailers,

on seats behind and seats on crossbars.

There was loud music and a lot of ringing of

bicycle bells to alert other road users to the

approaching group of hundreds of cyclists of all

ages. And there was a lot of chatter and laughter

along the whole route.

A spokesperson for Blackford Safe Routes,

which organised Kidical Mass Edinburgh along

with Edinburgh Critical Mass, SW20 and

Newington Safe Routes, said: “The vision is for

children and young people to be able to safely

and independently travel by bicycle wherever

they live. Our motto is “Space for the next

generation”. A child-friendly city is a city that is

good for people of all ages. Kidical Mass gives

young people a voice and a presence in the

public realm. Our cities and streets belong to

them too.”

Some of the young

cyclists who

brought their

parents along


SEVERAL HUNDRED people attended

the free North Edinburgh Community

Festival in West Pilton Park. Organised by

a steering committee under the

chairmanship of Willie Black, the event

had something for all the family. This

included stalls where potential

employers expanded on available jobs

and career paths.

Mr Black said: “The festival was a huge

success and proves what can be done in

this area. People worked to create the

festival with partnerships among a

variety of organisations - there were 58

community stalls sharing news of their

activities with people who attended.

Everyone has said it was a tremendous

day for them. The music from Tinderbox

and others went down a storm.

“We plan to create a North Edinburgh

Festival Society and hope the council will

back us on that. This would challenge

Edinburgh’s festivals to bring more into

areas like North Edinburgh.”

Cllr Cammy Day said: “I used to be a

community worker in North Edinburgh

and I got to know a lot of the projects

and local heroes. I helped organise one of

the first community festivals in

Waterfront Park which was a huge

success and a lot of local people were

involved in that. But since 2012 there

have been no community festivals here

or galas so it was very exciting to see this

coming together.”

Thomas Brown


Council now in session

Politicians thrash it out at the City Chambers

Out and about in

the Lothians


Cllr Cammy Day


THE CITY OF Edinburgh Council has taken on

a new look with a freshly formed administration

made up of the councillors who will run the city

for the next five years now agreed.

A minority Labour administration with

Labour Cllr Cammy Day as Council Leader will

now be in charge of the capital.

In the run up to the first full council meeting a

variety of parties tried to forge alliances of the

various combinations which might run the city.

One such proposal was the proposal by SNP

and Greens to run the council as a minority

coalition of 29 councillors. That looked likely to

be successful.

The other alternative was a plan by the

Edinburgh Labour group to run the council with

their 13 elected members as a minority

administration, with some kind of cooperation

among the opposition parties of the Liberal

Democrats and Conservatives. This is widely

regarded by critics as Labour putting Tories into

power in Edinburgh, but the reality is that the

Labour Group only required assistance from the

opposition on the day of the administration

being established. Moving forward they will hve

to look to all other parties for support. Whether

or not that kind of new politics is achieved will

become evident in the days and weeks ahead.

The Labour plan was widely denounced on

the eve of the council meeting by SNP MPs and

MSPs representing Edinburgh who wrote a letter

to Cllr Cammy Day, leader of the Edinburgh

Labour Group saying that such a pact with the

Tories was “unthinkable”. But it is not clear

whether there is much of a pact, and it certainly

appears to short of a formal coalition.

The local politicians - Angus Robertson MSP,

Cllr Adam McVey

Cllr Kevin Lang

Ash Regan MSP, Ben Macpherson MSP, Gordon

Macdonald MSP, Deidre Brock MP, Tommy

Sheppard MP and Joanna Cherry, QC, MP

- pointed out that the electorate “resoundingly

rejected” the Tories in the election at the

beginning of this month. Conservative numbers

were reduced from 18 elected councillors to

nine, with some elected members such as Cllrs

Cameron Rose and Mark Brown losing what

they might have regarded as safe seats.

Cllr Cammy Day new Council Leader said: “I

am really proud to be Leader. We have made a

commitment that our manifesto will be at the

forefront, but that we will work with every party

across the chamber to deliver the best we can for

the city.

“We are clear that there are similarities in all

parties’ manifestos and it is up to others to come

and work with us on a joint programme. I think

it is an opportunity for a progressive group to

lead the council here in Edinburgh.”

Cllr Adam McVey the Council Leader for the

last five years said: “I am very disappointed for

The Rt Hon Lord Provost

Robert Aldridge

the people of Edinburgh. They voted for

progressive politics overwhelmingly. What we

have is a coalition deal between Labour, Lib

Dems and the Tories after 40 years of losing

elections in the city and recording their worst

election result ever. Labour have put the Tories

into power and I don’t think that is acceptable.”

McVey did confirm that the SNP will work

across the chamber to implement the progressive

policies they stood on, but warned that these

policies are not shared by the parties that he

believes Labour now have to rely on.

Cllr Kevin Lang became leader of the

Edinburgh Liberal Democrats as Cllr Robert

Aldridge became Lord Provost. He said: “We will

continue to sit as a constructive but robust

opposition party. We voted to put Labour in

place, but we are very clear that where we agree

we will vote with them and where we disagree

we will say so and vote accordingly. They cannot

take us for granted, but I think it a good thing

that Labour will have to reach out and engage

with other political parties.”

THERE ARE MANY aspects of being the

MSP for Lothian region that I love, from

working through issues with constituents

to holding the Scottish Government to

account in the Parliament Chamber.

However, my favourite part of the job is

travelling around the region and meeting

with businesses, charities, and other

groups to learn about the work that

they are doing in our communities.

The conversations that I get with these

people and organisations provide a

window into the innerworkings of

many of the institutions that make

our city flourish.

I have often found myself in these

meetings wishing that that there was a

way I could provide this kind of access to

my constituents. A way for the people of

the Lothians the get a better

understanding these institutions, some

of which they rely on in their every day

lives and others that they interact with

occasionally for pleasure and leisure.

It is for this reason, I have started my

podcast, Out and About in the Lothians.

Over the course of this session of

Parliament, I will be travelling around the

Lothians bringing you in on

conversations with people who work

hard to make our communities better.

From Charities to local businesses, I will

be seeking out a wide range of people to

give you a broad view of what is going on

in our area.

So far, we have had excellent

conversations with a range of

organisations. Dale MacPhee from the

Waldorf Astoria (The Caledonian Hotel)

gave us a peak behind the curtain on

how one of the largest hotels in

Edinburgh operated during the

Pandemic. Ann Leslie gave an interesting

explanation of how LAR Housing Trust

provides midmarket housing for those in

need in Edinburgh. And finally, in the

most recent episode David Field gives us

an engaging look at the running of

Edinburgh Zoo and how they are making

the Zoo more accessible for everyone

in Lothian.

Episodes will be released every two

week and will last between 10 and 25

mins, making them the perfect length for

listening on part of a commute or during

a lunch break.

You can find the Podcast on most major

players, including Spotify and Amazon

Music. You can also find it at the podcasts

website: outandaboutinthelothians.






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Sir Angus Grossart

Born 6 April 1937. Died 13 May 2022

SIR ANGUS Grossart, CBE, Chairman of

Noble Grossart has died aged 85.

A long time resident of the New Town,

we photographed him most recently at the

Sir Walter Scott Pageant in autumn 2021.

The two knights of the realm shared a

similar career path both becoming Scottish

advocates, and both loving the capital.

Others have recounted his successful route

to becoming the man who had his own

bank, but we turned to people who knew

him well to get a sense of who Angus

Grossart was.

Sir Tom Farmer said that he first met Sir

Angus in the airport car park in 1968.

He recounted: “It was midnight. I had

just come off the last flight from London,

and heard someone trying to start a car,

but the battery was flat. I went over to see

if I could help, and offered him a lift into

town. I asked for his car keys and said I

would get his car fixed and delivered to

him the next day. He was impressed that I

sold him a battery for his car - even that

late at night.

“We developed a friendship and he

became someone who I could speak to and

ask for advice. He had a tremendous

impact on Scotland in many ways

including in the fields of arts and culture.

He has made his mark here and will be

impossible to follow. He has left

a great legacy and many people will not

know that some things only happened

because of Angus. The best tribute to

him will be for others to carry on doing

good things.”

Author Alexander McCall Smith

remembered him fondly and said: “Angus

was a towering presence in Edinburgh. He

made a major contribution to the arts and

always did that in a modest and

unassuming way.

“I shall remember him for his kindly

manner, for the twinkle in his eye, and for

the quiet way in which he did the things he

did. Sometimes you had to listen very hard

to catch his words, but it was always

worthwhile. He brought light and fun to

Edinburgh and all Scotland. He leaves

behind him a great and inspiring legacy.”

The former Rt Hon Lord Provost, Frank

Ross said: “Sir Angus was an unsung hero

of Edinburgh and Scottish society. In

addition to his business interests his

support for the cultural and civic elements

of the capital was immense.

“A fitting tribute for his work was the Sir

Walter Scott 250th anniversary event

which Sir Angus was the driving force

behind. Without doubt the most

significant civic procession Edinburgh has

seen for several generations.”

Rory Knight Bruce, an author and

journalist, who considered Sir Angus a

“kind and good friend”, portrayed Dandie

Dinmont in the pageant .

Knight Bruce said: “Having known

Sir Angus and his wife Gay for more than

forty years of good friendship, it was the

greatest privilege to be invited to take

part in Angus’s wonderful commemorative

service at St Giles Cathedral to honour

Sir Walter Scott last October.

“Between us we hatched that I should

come dressed as Scott’s Dandie Dinmont

(the character of the Border farmer in ‘Guy

Mannering’ who kept Dandie Dinmont

terriers). We managed to get 47 Dandies

and their owners into the cathedral,

and to process them afterwards down

The Mound to The Scott Monument

with not a cocked leg or snarl in sight.

The poet Philip Larkin once wrote that

there are in any man’s life only twelve

good days - this was truly one of mine.

“The day before, by chance,I met Angus

at the New Club and he told me that he

had been junior counsel in the celebrated

Argyll v Argyll divorce case. Newspaper

photographs at the time show him walking

into court. “I wonder who will play me in

the forthcoming television drama of the

case,” he asked. Sadly he did not make

the cut.

“We are all Jock Tamson’s bairns,”

he was fond of saying. That was his

genius: To make you feel equal to him as

a man nothing short of a genius himself.

Our weakness was to believe him.”

Local charity expands its Meals on Wheels service


LIFECARE Edinburgh is continuing its

vital meals on wheels service longterm.

Set up at the start of the lifesaving

project has quickly become an integral

part of the organisation’s core service.

The charity, which turned 80 last

year, has provided more than 16,200

meals to date, helping hundreds of

older people to live well and

independently in their own homes.

The service is additional to the charity’s

registered outreach care and day

centres, help at home services, carers

support and its innovative Vintage

Vibes programme. The charity also

runs a busy community hub and café

on Cheyne Street in Stockbridge which

recently reopened post pandemic.

LifeCare’s Meals on Wheels was set

up thanks to a large emergency grant

secured at the start of the pandemic

- and recent funding from £eith

Chooses the participatory budgeting

programme which allocates funds

locally - will help the service to

continue. The charity took all

necessary steps to launch the service

as a social enterprise ensuring its

sustainability long-term. Customers

now contribute a monthly fee which

helps the charity recover some of its

costs and clients benefit from knowing

they can rely on the service for years

to come. Help is available for those on

low incomes.

Meals are freshly prepared in the

community café on Cheyne Street and

Chef Tony with his assistants prepares

nutritious meals to go

delivered by the friendly Help at Home

team. Chef Tony creates nutritious

meal choices that older people look

forward to, and have great pleasure in

eating. From soups to casseroles to

pies to hot wholesome puddings,

two-course lunch menus are provided

in advance with all dietary needs

catered for including cultural and

religious considerations, personal

preferences and medical needs.

Naomi Potts, Business Development

Manager at LifeCare Edinburgh said:

“We are hugely proud of our vital

Meals on Wheels service which has

already provided positive, practical

support to hundreds of local older

people living across the north of the

City. Meals on Wheels is available to

anyone over the age of 50 living in

north Edinburgh or Leith with health

and/or support needs. Having a hot

two-course meal delivered makes the

day a little bit brighter, it gives older

people something to look forward to

and the team are always happy to stop

and have a chat at the door.

“We know the service provides

reassurance for friends and family

unable to visit as often as they would

like, it’s a comfort to know that their

loved one is eating well and that

someone is visiting that day. We’re

encouraging people to contact us

directly if they or someone they know

could benefit from LifeCare’s Meals

on Wheels or any of our other key

support services.”


LifeCare delivers

hundreds of meals


Ready in a

wee minute

Friends group behind the new park café


WORK HAS begun in Roseburn Park on the

new community café which is being created

from the old toilet block there.

The Friends of Roseburn Park (FoRP)are

reporting on progress every few days on their

website where they say that the internal walls

have now been demolished to make way for the

new facilities.

This project has been a decade in the making

and is designed to attract more visitors to the

park just next to Murrayfield Stadium along with

the Armoury mural created three years ago.

The council contributed £66,000 to the project

which supplemented the Friends 'buy a brick'

campaign along with other grants.

The derelict building was built in 1903 and

designed by the city architect, Robert Morham

as a pavilion. It has been closed since 1982 and

with the roof about to collapse this is a just in

time refurbishment.

The FoRP as a voluntary group have pushed

the project forward with assistance from

architectural designer Craig Proudfoot of One

Foot Square, who will also be project manager,

and technical input from Paul Harding.

Jim McDonaugh said ”At last! This is exactly

what our community and park visitors have been

waiting for! The refurbished building will be so

better than the present eyesore - FoRP are

returning the exterior to the way it would have

Doors Open Days is back

A HIGHLIGHT of the events

calendar will take place once

more this September with

Doors Open Days returning

to Edinburgh and East

Lothian offering free access

to some buildings normally

out of bounds to the public.

The online and in person

programme will be curated

by the charity which supports

temement owners, Under

One Roof (UOR).

The Standing Strong

theme highlights the value of

maintaining buildings.

Mike Heffron, Chief

Executive of UOR Scotland,

said: “We are delighted that

we can keep the doors open

in Edinburgh and East

Lothian this year. Doors Open

Days is much-loved by the

public in the East of Scotland,

and this year we will continue

to help the public have a

special inside look at

buildings, spaces and other

hidden treasures.”

“UOR will also be putting

our own spin on the events

this September, such as

adding a dedicated hub in

the city centre where the

public can find out more

about the full Doors

Open Days programme

of buildings, events,

and tours.

We will also be hosting

in-person panel discussions

and talks, and offering free

information sessions for

tenement owners who are

looked when it was first built, 116 years ago

– and the interior into a warm and inviting café.

Visitors will have somewhere to go for a hot

drink and a snack – maybe even a light

meal- when the work is complete.

"It has not been a straight forward project, but

working with experienced café managers FoRP

have come up with a design that gives 30

square metres of floor space as well as a

spacious public toilet, kitchen and storage.”

Pete Gregson said “It’s been a rollercoaster

– on so many occasions I thought we had

taken on the impossible; I can’t believe

there will still be something to show to my

kids in the park that will be there long after

I am gone.”

Former Lord Provost and Ward

Councillor Frank Ross said: “Converting

the old toilet block into a café for the whole

community to enjoy is a great idea. It will

help to support local jobs and volunteering

opportunities, while providing a warm and

accessible space for local people to meet up.

"The conversion, which will include an

accessible toilet, has the backing of local

residents and I was delighted to secure the

Council funding for the FoRP to allow it

to proceed.

"Additionally, income from the café will help

to support other projects led by the Friends of

Roseburn Park to improve the overall amenity

and quality of the Park.”

looking for support with

the management and

maintenance of their

own building.”

Doors Open Days is

organised nationally by the

Scottish Civic Trust, is part of

European Heritage Days and

is supported by Historic

Environment Scotland.

Susan O’Connor, Director

of the Scottish Civic Trust,

said: “We are intrigued to find

out what UOR will bring to

our enthusiastic audience in

the East this year. Edinburgh

and East Lothian have some

of the most important

buildings and spaces in the

country - we can’t wait to see

what they do!”


The Drinks Bakery

EDINBURGH FIRM The Drinks Bakery is

celebrating after striking a seven-figure

deal with Waitrose.

The company’s range of premium

savoury snacks will be stocked in 230

stores all over the UK.

The deal will mean that the Drinks

Bakery which entrepreneur Andy Murray

founded in 2016 will double in size.

Murray appeared on Dragons’ Den and

Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones tried out

many of his products.

Dragons’ Den Investor Peter Jones said:

“The Drinks Bakery is one of the best

brands I’ve ever seen in the Den and

Waitrose is a perfect match for Andy’s

delicious Drinks Biscuits.”

Andy Murray said: “I keep having to

pinch myself that this is all really

happening, it’s going to be fantastic to see

our Drinks Bakery range on the Waitrose

shelves and online. We’ve been working

hard to grow the brand over the last few

years and this news is a massive stepchange

for the business.

“I’m a lifelong foodie and growing up my

mum would make her own savoury snacks

to pair with the aperitifs she and dad would

enjoy. My vision in founding this company

was to raise the bar on the common

savoury snack and create thoughtful and

delicious snacks to match and complement

different drinks, from wine and whisky to

gin and craft beer.”

Virgin Atlantic axes flights

from to Edinburgh to Barbados

VIRGIN ATLANTIC, which launched Edinburgh-Barbados service

in December, has announced it will not carry on flying from

Edinburgh to Barbados this winter. The airline says passengers

who have already booked flights to Barbados for winter 2022-23

will be contacted by the airline or their travel agent and will be

re-booked via Manchester, or can choose a voucher or full refund.

Virgin flies three times a week from Manchester to Barbados

from October to March.

Robin Gauldie


Friends of


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Together they will form a 120-strong

marching band of samba drums, steel pans,

brass and wind players - providing the

soundtrack for 200 costumed youth dancers.

With 320 performers channelling their

energy, talent, passion, pain and joy into an

extraordinary performance, this is a large-scale

carnival piece that will be spectacular,

intoxicating and powerful.

This collaborative performance piece is

inspired by the hopes and dreams of young

people, its choreographed dancers animating

200 beautiful silk flags designed by school

pupils across the Commonwealth as part of

Thames Festival Trust’s River of Hope project.

Centring the experience of being young in

Britain and across the Commonwealth today,

River of Hope looks to the future, celebrating

youth creativity and imagination.


Inspired by New Orleans’ inimitable high

school marching bands on a trip to Mardi Gras

in 2012 (many boasting a dozen-strong wall of

sousaphones at the back of their band), Oi

Musica set the record in 2013 for the most

sousaphones to play in one band in the UK,

with 10 players at a Mardi Gras event in

Edinburgh. They broke the record in 2018 in

Glasgow’s George Square with 11 players. And

now, in collaboration with Kinetika Bloco, they

are set to break the record again – with a

dozen sousaphone players drawn from all

over the UK.

Olivia Furness, Creative Director of Oi

Musica said: “Oi Musica is thrilled to be

part of such a large-scale and spectacular

event, and we are grateful for the

opportunity to unite so many of Scotland’s

top carnival musicians for the occasion.

River of Hope focuses on the legacy of the

Queen’s 70-year reign, looking to the

future and asking young people what their

dreams for the next 70 years might be. As

an organisation with a strong youth focus,

we are delighted to be part of this.”

Roll up for tickets to dinner


Stan Richardson will be heading to

London for the Jubilee pageant

TABLES AND tickets are now

available for the Sunflower

Charity Dinner.

The event will be held at the

City Chambers and there will be a

three course meal, raffle and

silent auction to raise funds to

send humanitarian aid directly

into Ukraine, rather than to

neighbouring Poland.

Truckloads of aid have already

been sent to Kharkiv, and the

most recent set off for Odesa and

Mykolaiv a week or two ago.

Tickets for the black tie event

are selling fast and anyone who

would like to enjoy an evening

in the splendid surroundings of

the City Chambers is urged to

buy now.

Loch Fyne are supplying


By joining the Charity Dinner

“Scotland for Ukraine” you will

contribute money to buy vital

supplies such as dry food, baby

products, and mobility aids.

Friday 17 June from 6pm to 11pm

at the City Chambers. Tickets on


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THE FRIENDS of Easter Craiglockhart Hill were

the very first friends group on the Local Nature

Reserve (LNR).


Friends of Easter Craiglockhart Hill comprise a

Community Engagement Worker - Dan Rayner

who works with volunteers Jim and Jenna Heath

(Scrap team) and Erin Heath (Seeding & Planting



Our aim is simple: To remove all scrap metal

material from the LNR and replace it with

wildflowers and trees, to make the LNR a safer,

healthier, and more beautiful place to visit,

explore, and enjoy.


The scrap team conduct patrols of the LNR,

identifying and collecting scrap metal. We

transport the metal to recycling facilities, who

pay us for it. Profits are used for buying

wildflower plugs and seeds. Seeds are planted

and developed by Erin, assisted by various

groups of volunteers.

Our Metals-to-Petals initiative is important as

the scrap metal we find is a remnant of the site’s

previous uses. The metal is largely what has

been discarded from various phases of

construction undertaken over the years, old

fencing lines etc.

Lots of this metal is hidden in thick

undergrowth, some protruding from the

ground, and most is rusty and sharp. The metal

poses an immediate danger to humans and

wildlife, and leeches potentially harmful

chemicals and minerals into the ground

affecting soil and aspects of the food-chain.


• Production of rewarding volunteering activity

• Improved mental & physical health & wellbeing

• Community engagement

• Reduction of environmental impact

• More beautiful and biodiverse woodland


Joining our group, reporting any scrap metal,

donating time for volunteering - we are looking

for people who can volunteer from home,

growing on seeds until they are ready to plant

out. It’s a good activity for families and

individuals. The first two van loads of metal

produced a profit of over £100, which we used

to buy primroses adding colour to our woodland

trails, and attracting pollinators.

We almost have enough metal for a third and

hopefully final van load, but who knows how

much more metal we will unearth.



It’s a snapshot

of activity

Cycling Without Age removes

barriers for enjoying the outdoors

Cycling without age

Pilot project in Holyrood Park is gaining traction


IMAGINE sitting in a comfortable trishaw, a

good friend or relative beside you, being

pedalled on traffic free roads through

Edinburgh’s iconic Holyrood Park. You’re

enjoying the fresh air, taking in the fabulous

scenery, relaxing to the sounds of bird song,

and you may even see an otter in St Margaret’s

Loch. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? If Car Free

Holyrood gets its way, this could soon be a

reality for many people who don’t have the

strength or mobility to walk, wheel or cycle

themselves through the park.

Car Free Holyrood is a group of residents

campaigning to open Holyrood Park’s private

road network for people walking, wheeling,

and cycling by ending access for throughmotor-traffic.

The group wants the park to be

more inclusive and accessible for all. They are

now working with Cycling Without Age

Scotland on a trial involving two trishaws in

the park. If Historic Environment Scotland

Ishiuchi Miyako

backs the trial, and if the trial is successful, Car

Free Holyrood hopes a permanent Cycling

Without Age Scotland Chapter can be set up in

the park to provide free trishaw rides.

Cycling Without Age Scotland trishaws are

piloted by volunteers and there are more than

thirty Chapters across Scotland. Each Chapter

is different, reflecting local circumstances and

needs. Volunteer pilots say they find the

experience fun, empowering, rewarding and

life-affirming. Over thirty volunteers have

already signed up to pilot the trishaws in

Holyrood, and Car Free Holyrood is now

calling on more people to volunteer. Training

and insurance will be provided, and you don’t

need to be a cyclist to sign up. You’ll always be

on traffic-free roads so there’s no traffic to deal

with, just you, your happy passengers, and the

smiles and waves of passers-by.

The trishaws are power assisted, comfortable

to pilot, have soft bespoke cushions, and the

seat is easily accessible for passengers. They

also have seat belts, retractable hoods and even

have a waterproof blanket.

Having free trishaw rides in our most

famous city park would demonstrate that it’s

both possible and essential to improve access in

a fun, inclusive and climate-friendly way. Let’s

hope Historic Environment Scotland gets

behind the trial by providing storage for the

trishaws and all the support the project needs.

If you’d like to get involved with the trial

and sign up as a pilot, please contact:


Flying solo at Stills gallery


TO COINCIDE with the Edinburgh

Art Festival, Stills will present a

solo exhibition by Ishiuchi Miyako

- an influential post-war Japanese

photographer whose work has

rarely been seen in the UK.

It will be the first time Miyako’s

work has been exhibited here.

The show runs from 28 July to 8

October 2022 and includes a

selection of work from some of

her most celebrated series

including Mother’s, the series with

which she represented Japan at

the Venice Biennale in 2005.

The work was commissioned

by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Museum in 2007 to capture

everyday objects which had

once belonged to victims of

the atomic bomb in Japan.

Photographs from the series

Frida, made at The Frida Kahlo

Museum in Mexico City where

Miyako photographed Kahlo’s

garments such as corsets,

cosmetics and shoes will also form

part of the exhibition at Stills.

The artist will come to

Edinburgh for a rare visit in the

late summer.

BIKE LIFE is the walking and cycling index

produced by charity Sustrans. The latest

report shows that:

• Around 66% of Edinburgh residents walk

at least five days a week.

• Around a quarter of those living in

Edinburgh cycle at least once a week.

• Around 70.7 million journeys of up to

three miles are still made by car.

• 78% of those who responded to the

survey said they would walk if they had

shops or other services close to home.

About a quarter of people living in the

capital do not cycle, but would like to, and

most said that more segregated cycle lanes

would help them to use a bike.

They also said that secure bike storage

would help. The council has installed

106 secure cycle parking hangars in the

last two years, with a total of 180 hangars

planned as an initial phase.

The number of people on the waiting list

is growing and there is no more agreed

funding . When the council last discussed

more storage units last year a report from

the Director of Place Paul Lawrence said:

“Cyclehoop Ltd were awarded the contract

to supply, install, manage and maintain

180 units at a contract value of £576,000.

The cost of providing the additional units

would be £351,000 for each of the next

two financial years.”

Daisy Narayanan, Head of Placemaking

and Mobility at the council, said: “As ever,

this report provides a fascinating snapshot

of people’s walking, wheeling, and cycling

habits – and the immense benefits active

travel can bring, not only to our own health

but the environment, the economy and the

quality of life here.

“Transport accounts for just under a

third of Edinburgh’s emissions and it’s clear

that there’s an urgent need to aid and

encourage more sustainable ways of

travelling if we’re to meet our 2030 net

zero target. Responses to the Walking and

Cycling Index provide an excellent guide

for the kind of changes we need to make –

people are telling us what we need to do to

help them to travel by foot, wheel or bike,

particularly for shorter journeys.

Thankfully, there’s already a great deal of

work underway to support this. Our

strategy for 20-minute neighbourhoods

will mean people across Edinburgh can live

well locally, meeting most of their daily

needs in their own community. The

approach is designed to improve access to

services where it is most convenient and

helps to support local businesses, creating

thriving, vibrant towns and local centres.”







Debbie Anderson invites you to take

yourself back to your childhood with

all the traditional jars of sweets in her

shop. Chewits and fudge will take you

back a decade or two. Open from

10am except Mondays.

102 Leith Walk EH16 5DT

0131 554 1401

Newly established gallery in the New

Town art district which will feature

curated group shows and solo shows.

The owners promise it will be

”challenging and compelling art”.

Innovative new works and a collection

of art books to buy.


Very reasonable rates allow start-ups

to use this small pop-up space as the

first rung on the ladder. From food to

political parties and all manner of

organisations in between. Have a look

at their pop-up garden when you visit.

Croall Place EH7 4LT


Love Your Business networking club is

relaxed, informal and good fun, and is

continuing online on the last Thursday

of the month with a host of inspiring

speakers sharing their entrepreneurial

journeys and invaluable business tips.



Donate unwanted items to this shop

on Gilmore Place knowing that they

will find a loving new home. Very little

ever goes to landfill. Visit the shop to

pick up a copy of our latest paper and

also to admire their innovative and

ever-changing window displays.







Subscribe today and have your own

copy of The Edinburgh Reporter

delivered to your front door from

next month. - in a compostable

envelope. A small payment of £3

a month will help to support local

independent news.


Di Giorgio’s have a variety of cakes and

slices, coffee with a smile and pasta

and lasagne to go. Morning rolls and

ciabattas are also available, but this is

brownie heaven. Do ask about their

birthday cakes.

Open 7 days 10-4pm

1 Brandon Terrace EH3 5EA

The charity rescues reunites and

rehomes any animal in need, and

works tirelessly to secure happy and

loving forever homes. New trustees

include David Field CEO of Edinburgh

Zoo and Matt Smith of THINK.

0131 669 5331


Bespoke tailoring for men. Craig’s

focus is on making the highest quality

personally tailored attire that others

will aspire to. His pyjamas and dressing

gowns will make your video calls or

working from home very stylish.

0131 226 7775 • 45 Thistle Street

EH2 1DY • craigbankstailoring.com

Beautiful wee shop on Dundas Street

packed to the gunwales with lovely

Italian goods all handmade. Lynne

parcels them with great care in the

shop’s trademark turquoise tissue

and ribbons. Their new must see

website is online now.







Vlad and Scott have a unique style at

48 Thistle Street with great coffee and

above average chat and chess. The

pair have now celebrated a year in

business at their city centre micro

roastery. Coffee also available to order

online if you are working from home.


A specialist importer of boutique fine

wines from Italy. Carefully hand-picked

award-winning wines of premium

quality sourced from winemakers

direct. Oleg and Elvira visit every

vineyard. Free UK delivery - same day

delivery to Edinburgh available.


The gallery focuses on original

paintings, prints and fine crafts

inspired by nature. Wide price range to

accommodate various budgets.

Jurgita warmly welcomes you to

Dundas Street. Open Tuesday to

Saturday 11am-4pm.


A unique gallery and gift shop in

Edinburgh’s Southside - a cornucopia

of all forms of art. Buy handmade art

and craft from independent artists.

Linsay says: “If we don’t have it, we can

probably find it for you.”


0131 629 9123

Same location. Same facilities.

Great new name. The Eric Liddell

Community welcomes you.

Rooms for hire and office space for

registered charities.

0131 447 4520

15 Morningside Road EH10 4DP







For the whisky lovers buy awardwinning

Ardgowan Shipwright online

- described by the company’s own

whiskymaker, Max McFarlane, as “a

sumptuous dram”. Special offer

includes free shipping and a slate

coaster while stocks last.


Luxurious, elegant salon with a very

happy and friendly atmosphere where

the aim is to make your experience

relaxing, enjoyable and glamorous.

Appointments essential.

Tel 0131 556 4478

2a Broughton Place EH1 3RX


The floating café with outdoor seating

is owned and run by Lindsay and sits

just next to the Leamington Lift Bridge

on the canal. With their range of

smoothies and coffees accompanied

by macarons and a host of other treats,

it is not to be missed.


You may know about Leith (Saturdays)

and Stockbridge (Sundays) Markets

but did you know that you can order

online and pick up all of your shopping

at once? Using the NeighbourFood

site you simply choose what you want,

pay and then collect your shopping.


The Torrance Gallery on Dundas Street

will be offering a varied programme as

ever. New Spring Exhibition until 28

May. Winners of 2021 Prestige Awards

Best Independent Art Gallery. Join the

gallery’s mailing list to be kept up to

date with details of each show.



Martin P McAdam

All part of life’s rich

Phyllis Stephen speaks to

filmmaker Jon Gill about his

planned documentary

Andrew’s visceral

paintings on which the

tapestry will be based

(above and left)

Statue of Dr Helen

Crummy, MBE, outside

Craigmillar Library


Andrew Crummy

with an early sketch

The name Andrew Crummy goes

together with The Great Tapestry

of Scotland like bread and jam.

The result of a massive community

arts project, the work is now

housed in a bespoke building

down in Galashiels.

And the surname Crummy and Edinburgh -

particularly Craigmillar - also run together as

Andrew's late mother Dr Helen Crummy,

MBE, began the Craigmillar Art Festival, a

famous community event. There is a statue in

Dr Crummy's memory outside the Craigmillar

Library, and the Craigmillar Tapestry, also

created by Andrew, was officially launched on

World Community Arts Day in 2017. It is in

the spirit of community art that Andrew has

produced much of

his own work.

As with many

creatives, the urge to

turn something bad in

life into something good

overtook Andrew when

he was diagnosed and

treated for throat cancer in 2017. The tapestry is a

work in progress, although he has completed

drawings upon which it will be based. He talks to

people with cancer, and uses these chats to

interpret their personal stories with his talent.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is made up of

164 panels, and The Cancer Tapestry is likely to be

as big if not even bigger. Crummy does not regard

the new work as something which belongs to him,

regarding it as something which belongs to

everybody, and that he just started it.

Award-winning filmmaker, Jon Gill, plans to

make a documentary series about the tapestry. Jon

explained the story so far. He said: "I first heard of


The response to the

idea to create a

Cancer Tapestry has

been fantastic


Andrew from my friend Rodney Mountain who is

an ENT surgeon at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

Rod gave me the potted version of Andrew’s story

and I instantly thought, ‘This is a documentary’.

"And at this stage, I didn't know Andrew, but

I've since met him on Zoom during Covid and

I went across to his studio about a year later.

It's just an amazing story. And I'm constantly on

the lookout for great stories that otherwise

wouldn't be told.

"To do the story justice I need to put a lot of

time into it and I need to cover some of that time

with sponsorship. Just like any film each episode

will need funding. I have a musician who is

scoring it for me. I think it is an uplifting story

because Andrew is so deeply knitted in with

the project.

"With Rod’s experience as a neck cancer

specialist he knew the prognosis for this particular

type of cancer was good - and in the course of

some conversations on the phone that he had with

I’m constantly on the

lookout for great

stories that otherwise

wouldn’t be told

the patient, he realised who he was. He had seen

some of Andrew's drawings in hospital that he

done very early on in his treatment, and they were

really visceral.”

So a tapestry was born. Andrew Crummy said:

"The response to the idea to create a Cancer

Tapestry has been fantastic. With many wishing

to tell their story of care and compassion. The first

panel has been completed and involves over 100

people. With the many we have already involved

from those in healthcare to patients, family and

friends they all wish to add a stitch and to

share a story.

"At present we have ten panels up and running.

An important part of this growing tapestry is a

documentary series being made by Jon Gill. It will

attempt to tell the many stories in a series of short

documentaries, as it is really important to share

these stories.

"Cancer touches every family and community

and to create a large scale tapestry that contains

many, many stories we need support."

Jon said: "Two things happened. Andrew

thought 'this bloke (Rod) thinks I'm going to

survive', which obviously he really liked. And, of

course, whereas anybody else might see it as an

opportunity to just create a new piece of work,

Andrew with his background in community arts

saw it as an opportunity to involve people - and

that the Cancer Tapestry would be the people's

story of cancer.

"What the cancer tapestry has become beyond

those two things, is therapy, because everybody

who gets involved with it whether for their own

sake, or for the sake of somebody that they know,

who has been affected by cancer, it means

something to them.

"His work is such that there are spaces for them

to put something of their own story into it,

whether it's designing something in a space that

means something to them, or they're simply

stitching a section of the tapestry.”

Jon Gill won the FiLMiCFest competition run

by FiLMiC Pro in 2019 with a film about the

projectionist at the independent cinema, DCA, in

Dundee. He also won the Dublin Smartphone

Film Festival in 2020. Recently Gill submitted a

new film called Lockdown part of which he made

in his pyjamas in the city centre in Dundee.

He said: "Much to my wife and daughter's

embarrassment I went to Dundee with them

one day. They went one way and I went

another and I filmed myself in the

middle of Dundee in my

pyjamas which actually was

quite liberating." Lockdown

has been shown in Sydney and

in San Diego where it won the

best ultimate mobile prize.

Jon said: "It was completely

different to making a film

about somebody else. It was

just an extended joke over

two minutes."

Gill usually makes

films shorter than five

minutes long , but

The Cancer

Tapestry will be

a whole series.

If backing the project is of interest to you,

then please email Jon at jon@playful


Chief stitcher,

Heather Swinson

with the

first panel


City base for


Live well with Moda

New way of renting in the city is available at The McEwan


MODA LIVING has opened to new residents

at its first Scottish next generation

neighbourhood, The McEwan, in

Fountainbridge. The McEwan offers a whole

new way of renting in Scotland with luxury

apartments just ready to walk into.

Moda makes the process very simple and

accessible with no deposits and no fees, so that

everyone can move into a new home within

two days.

The Edinburgh development provides

everything needed for modern living, including

spacious, interior designed apartments, and the

real bonus of shared space including a cinema

room, private dining room, communal lounges,

an outdoor roof terrace, work from home

spaces and a 24/7 gym.

From fruit and water to rubber and beer,

Fountainbridge has a lot of history and strong

entrepreneurial spirit captured through the

building and community. The building takes its

name from William McEwan, who opened the

Fountain Brewery in the area in 1856. The

brewery became the largest in single-ownership

in the UK, producing two million barrels a

year. The barley leaf motif is part of the

scheme’s design features – coming into play in

the landscaping detailing.

Moda will comprise 476 new homes in three

blocks with large public squares and gardens.

There’s a home for everyone here - from studios

to one-beds, two-bed sharers and threebedroom

duplex apartments. Each home

features design by interior designers Amos and

Amos, is fully furnished and complete with top

spec tech including low-energy Samsung

appliances, Wi-Fi and 50% off Sky Q packages.

Residents may decorate to put their own touch

on their home and pets are welcome.

With panoramic views over the city, the

seventh floor offers a space for residents to

meet, socialise and collaborate. The private

dining room provides the perfect spot to host

friends, the cinema room can be booked out

for everything from sports viewings to movie

nights and the lounges are the perfect spot

to enjoy an after work drink or meet with

other residents.

The 24/7 gym can be used to pump-up or

wind-down, the courtyard, with its ongoing

activation schedule is the perfect spot to meet

other residents, and the roof terrace, with

stunning views over the city and beyond,

makes for the ideal setting to watch the sunset

or enjoy a sunny weekend.

There are 100 co-working spaces, at The

McEwan providing space to work from

home or collaborate with others. With

85% of the workforce expecting to

work from home at least 1-2 days a

week indefinitely, residents also

have full access to co-working

spaces and bookable meeting

rooms, with coffee stations and

super-fast Wi-Fi.

The development is also the first

and only residential development

in Europe to be awarded a

Fitwel 3 Star Rating

thanks to Moda’s

commitment to develop

neighbourhoods that

are built with health

and wellbeing at their

Amanda Rennie, General Manager, The McEwan

core by featuring state-of-the-art amenities

putting residents’ health and wellbeing first.

Moda wants to create neighbourhoods with

community at the heart with a focus on

combating isolation. Not only will the

state-of-the art amenities provide a space for

the residents to come together, an extensive

events programme - from rooftop yoga to

BBQs - will give residents the chance to mix

and mingle.

Amanda Rennie, General Manager at The

McEwan said: “My background is in hotels and

hospitality and that’s exactly what drew me to

Moda. Unlike most home providers, Moda is a

hospitality led landlord - your rent will give

you far more than just four walls. From an

extensive list of services to make life easy and

amenities that mean your home extends way

beyond your home, living at Moda works

around the lifestyle of a busy city dweller.

“What really makes Moda stand out

is the community; the co-working

spaces encourage collaboration, the

social spaces create places to meet

new people and the events bring

like-minded individuals together.

At our other developments the

community that has naturally

developed has been what makes

Moda such a unique place to

live and I can’t wait to bring

that to Edinburgh.’

Anyone looking to move

into Moda The McEwan

can register for priority

booking here:

www. modaliving.com

GLENEAGLES Townhouse, the first

expansion beyond Perthshire for

Gleneagles Hotel will open from 6 June.

The 33-bedroom hotel, members’ club

and all-day restaurant is based at 39 St

Andrew Square.

The Townhouse has an all-day

restaurant, The Spence, open exclusively

to members and hotel resident guests for

the opening period before everyone else

is invited to experience the venue in

early summer.

Within the restaurant there is a central

bar underneath the glass-domed ceiling.

There is a Members’ lounge and snug

designed for breakfast meetings,

brunches and lunches as well as evening

social events. The roof terrace

Lamplighters will be exclusively for

members with views to the Old Town and

New Town.

Marking a new chapter in the listed

building’s history, the Townhouse was

originally home to the British Linen

Company before later becoming the

Bank of Scotland.

Over the last five years, Ennismore

Design Studio has painstakingly restored

the building, creating 33 unique rooms

and suites, some of which overlook the

bustling St Andrew Square.

For reservations and more information

please call 0800 917 4656 or email


Art on show in

the SJQ car park

AN EXHIBITION by Scottish artists

and designers whose livelihoods

were impacted by the pandemic will

be on show in the St James Quarter

car park from 3 to 5 June. FLAIR

features work of 50 independent

producers and is jointly organised

by the Scottish Design Exchange

(SDX) and event stagers 3D2D.


A place for your book group

Archipelago Deli invites groups to use their back room

Caroline Walsh

ARCHIPELAGO IS a small, independent

organic bakery on Dundas Street, but don't get

confused. There are two shops with the same

name and the same owner.

One is the bakery and the other, Archipelago

Provisions, is a deli, but both are owned by their

effervescent head baker, Caroline Walsh.

The deli, which is further up the hill

underneath Birch Tree Gallery, has a wee back

room which Caroline will happily allow groups

to use as a meeting place. She has a vision that

this might appeal to members of book groups

or discussion groups who are now desperate to

meet again in person, but who do not want to

use their private homes. Archipelago has the

perfect space with a variety of tables allowing

for many different configurations and with a

capacity of up to 18 people.

The lovely room is very versatile, and with a

door which opens to an outside terrace, there is

plenty of ventilation for summer evenings.

Edinburgh born Caroline opened the deli as

a complement to her original bakery (which has

now been in operation for eight years), selling

Italian and Spanish foods like olive oil, a huge

range of chocolate and tinned fish - which is

now apparently a "must have" for foodies who

are in the know. She worked with Deutsche

Bank and museums and galleries before setting

up in business on her own.

Caroline said her lack of formal training does

not hold her back. She said: "I can cook and am

passionate about it. I finally decided I was

confident enough to do it after catering

successfully for friends many times." She also

took a course in professional bread making with

Andrew Whitley before opening the bakery

which uses 100% organic flour, and where the

bread is based on old fashioned technique and

natural ingredients. She explains that bread had

got a bad reputation as a bad carbohydrate -

whereas in fact, the opposite is true.

Contact Caroline for further details on renting

the back room at Archipelago Provisions 23c

Dundas Street, EH3 6QQ. 07932 462 715


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Café review: Room and Rumours

By Charlie Ellis


Compiled by David Albury

Arch café culture

Another new coffee hangout in Edinburgh’s Old Town


1 Able to be moved (6)

4 Note confirming money has been

paid (7)

9 Army units (9)

10 Additional, more than usual (5)

11 Very large rodent from South

America (5)

12 Emphasise (9)

13 Large flightless bird (7)

15 Trick someone into doing

something (6)

17 Very harsh (6)

19 Bracelets (7)

22 Altruistic (9)

24 Smallest amount (5)

26 Immature stage of an insect (5)

27 Unaware of something (9)

28 Tell a story (7)

29 Out of the expected way (6)


1 Type of fine goatskin leather (7)

2 Baby’s pram (5)

3 Luxurious car (9)

4 What is left over (7)

5 Shout of encouragement (5)

6 Complicated with interelating

parts (9)

7 Go on a journey (6)

8 Sufficient (6)

14 Person who looks after money

for a club (9)

16 Sweethearts (4-5)

18 One part of a serial (7)

19 For a short time (6)

20 Fulfill the needs of someone (7)

21 Miserable (6)

23 South American animal related

to the camel (5)

25 A love affair (5)

AN EXCELLENT recent addition to

the Edinburgh speciality coffee scene

is Room and Rumours on East

Market Street.

It’s part of a new section of the city

that is emerging as the nearby

Caltongate area is developed.

Though, just a few metres from the

Royal Mile, this Arches area was a

neglected one for many years. It’s

now changing rapidly with new

buildings, workplaces and new

businesses, including several eateries

- this café among them.

Room and Rumours has been

attracting a lot of attention for its

highly rated donuts. These vary in

flavour from day to day and include

vegan options. They are certainly

ideal if you need a sugar boost on a

long work day or while exploring the

city (Room and Rumour’s proximity

to Waverley Station makes it an ideal

spot to visit before or after a long

train ride). However, the hugely

tempting donuts should not eclipse

the very fine coffee that Room and

Rumours serve.

On our first visit we were treated

to superb coffee (rich and creamy

cortados) and outstanding customer

service from the friendly and

knowledgeable barista. Room and

Rumours rotate the coffees they are

using, changing every few weeks. We

were served a roast by the highly

regarded Clifton Coffee, based in

Bristol. They’ve also been using

beans by Girls Who Grind (an all

female roastery, based in the south

west of England).

More recently, they’ve offered

Hundred House Coffee, ethically

sourced from sustainable, ecoconscious

growers from around the

world. They were serving Hundred

House’s Sweet Valley beans from

Colombia, with notes of golden rum

and pineapple. Among the decafs

they’ve used has been an excellent

Santa Maria by Origin roasters

(based in Cornwall). In all cases, the

quality of the coffee served was

outstanding, a testament to the

consistency of their baristas and the

well chosen beans.

The coffees were made with skill

and precision with their under the

counter machine. As well as making

cracking coffee, this gives space to

the place. You don’t have to talk to

the barista over or round the coffee

machine. Though relatively small

and snug, the very high ceiling gives

the place an open, airy feel. Room

and Rumours felt calming and

welcoming. It’s been busy on each

of our visits, again indicating the

consistent quality.

On the back of Santu’s arrival on

the Canongate, Room and Rumours

Coffee is another fine addition to

the Old Town and to Edinburgh’s

coffee scene.

Room and Rumours Coffee

25 East Market Street (Arch 12 & 13)



Across: 1 Mobile, 4 Receipt, 9 Regiments, 10 Extra, 11 Coypu, 12 Underline, 13 Ostrich, 15 Entrap,

17 Severe, 19 Amulets, 22 Unselfish, 24 Least, 26 Larva, 27 Oblivious, 28 Narrate, 29 Astray.

Down: 1 Morocco, 2 Buggy, 3 Limousine, 4 Residue, 5 Cheer, 6 Intricate, 7 Travel, 8 Enough, 14

Treasurer, 16 True-loves, 18 Episode, 19 Awhile, 20 Satisfy, 21 Sullen, 23 Llama, 25 Amour.

Jubilee Tea at The Grand

EDINBURGH HAS a number of

events planned to commemorate

the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

ranging from street parties to

special events during the holiday

weekend. The Queen’s Jubilee

Afternoon Tea, will be served

at The Register Club on St

Andrew Square, aiming to be the

grandest of them all.

From 1 June to the end of the

month, at Cheval The Edinburgh

Grand, the offering will be

available daily at the landmark

hotel’s flagship cocktail lounge.

A feast fit for royalty, The

Queen’s Jubilee Afternoon Tea

experience will invite guests to

dine in the spectacular

surroundings of The Register

Club and indulge in a range of

sweet treats as well as a savoury

selection using the finest

seasonal produce.

For an additional cost, you can

even toast the Queen’s 70 years

on the throne with a glass of

Champagne and sandwiches

include Coronation chicken, and

Duck egg mayonnaise and

smoked Scottish salmon.



Culinary delights in the capital with Juliet Lawrence Wilson

Brewing nicely

Taking Dad out for a beer and pizza is very rewarding

IT’S NO exaggeration to say that I’ve

a wonderful father. The lovely Lawrie

could never do enough for his only

darling child. Even at my grand old

age a quick call to daddy can

guarantee a taxi ride, shelf up

putting or a reliable shoulder to cry

on. I’ve often wondered how and

when I could possibly repay him.

Well that day recently came with an

invitation to Stewart Brewing, aka:

Heaven in Loanhead.

Whilst obviously situated in an

industrial estate, the largest craft

brewery in Edinburgh has a beautiful

set up. With a rather pretty outside

seating area, a cool bar and pizza

eatery and shop where you can buy

beer and a funky t-shirt at the same

time, it’s a great place to visit. We

begin with a welcome beer. We were

there to try three new offerings,

Beinn Brewing, inspired by

Scotland’s scenic landscape, that will

be stocked in Lidl at the bargain

price from £1.59 a can. Dad opts for

the Beinn Hazy (New England IPA)

and not to my surprise, requests one

of the cans on display rather than

chilled, as he wants to ‘taste it’. Old

school, but he has a point. I opt for

the straight from the fridge Citrus

Belter, conditioned with orange zest

delivering a delightful, refreshing

hint of fruitiness.

And then we’re onto the grand

tour. I’ve been shown around wine

caves and whisky bonds where silent

magic is undoubtedly happening but

seeing the action of a brewery is

infinitely more exciting. Stewart

Brewing have adorned their huge

beer tanks (probably not the

technical term) with some fabulous

artwork. The hiss of the gas and

industrial pipes are something of a

turn-on, even for an almost beer

virgin like me. Stewart Brewing have

an eye-catching graphic colourful

branding and it was quite something

to see the blank cans piled high on

pallets waiting to be adorned with

their groovy labels.

Back to the hospitality area and

the pizzas are wafting their

deliciousness from the wood fired

oven. Head Brewer Craig Scotland

takes us through a tasting and his

enthusiasm and knowledge of his

craft is absolutely infectious. The

beer is cracking and the pizzas

divine! They even served a

marshmallow and condensed

milk dessert pizza. Genius, and

perfect with Tropical Trossachs, a

pale ale with sweet pineapple and

ripe mango.

Should you buy Stewart’s new

Beinn Brewing Lidl beers?

Absolutely. Ought you to head for an

evening of beer and pizza in

Loanhead? Book it now. It’s the

perfect spot for a night out with

pals or a work jolly. You can even

book a session to make your very

own beer. I’ve some handyman jobs

needing done round the house and

it could very well be the tradesman/

dad’s reward.


Chef Patron

Kamil Witek

Causing quite a stir

Exquisite tasting menu holds many delights in sunny Leith

BACK IN THE day the

Edinburgh restaurant scene

was defined by three things:

Location times three. Happily

Kirsty and Phil’s philosophy

no longer applies and it’s

heartening to see the usually

reserved folks of the Burgh

not only accepting hidden

gems but rejoicing in the

eliteness of finding them.

Aurora is such a place.

Situated on the unlikely

Great Junction Street this

cosy and charming small

restaurant is causing

quite a stir.

Rightly so. At a recent

dinner I was invited to try

their six-course tasting

menu with matching wines.

In my experience ‘twas often

the case that tasting menus

were all very lovely but the

atmosphere deadly dull. You

definitely can’t say that about

Aurora. They were playing

Luther Vandross at one point,

an element of the evening I'd

return for alone. Chef Patron

Kamil Witek has put together

a menu of astonishing

accomplishment and

imagination. Natch, there’s a

plant-based option but both

menus are interchangeable.

Cesar our sommelier

presents some of the most

complex, but delicious, wines

I’ve tasted including some

natural and orange wines.

The dishes are small but

satisfying, each clearly

involving much thought and


Whilst the presentation is

exquisite the service comes

with a relaxed air of

cheerfulness. How refreshing.

My favourite dishes were Ox

Tail, XO Sauce, Daikon,

Asparagus and Aged

Carnaroli Rice, Saffron,


Sadly I’ve not much

improved from my lack of

concentration in the

classroom. The delightful

server was clearly instructing

us to eat the Amuse Bouche

in one. Yours truly managed

to squirt quail egg yolk over

not only myself but at least

one other dining companion.

It’s just as well fine dining has

become more relaxed and

evening clothes machine


Edinburgh folks love a

discovery and Aurora is

definitely the restaurant I’ve

heard the most about

through my discerning dining

chums so book now and be

one of the first to know.

187 Great Junction Street

0131 554 5537





Neil Hanna

comes to town

It’s second sitting for the most innovative amphitheatre

Chris Scott

S!nk play The Grand Pianodrome at

The Pitt during the 2019 Fringe

IF YOU HAVE never heard of pianodrome then

imagine an amphitheatre structure made completely

from old upright pianos, some of which are

still playable.

(Also where have you been?) This summer a

second Pianodrome is being created and installed at

the former Royal High School thanks to an

anonymous donation from “a very kind

philanthropist”. This new iteration - called The Old

Royal Pianodrome - will be shown first at the

Hidden Door Festival this month. The 10 metre

diameter circular amphitheatre created from more

than 40 pianos will be unveiled and then remain

in place for four months, with performances during

the Fringe.

The music played in its embrace at Hidden Door

will be “wide-ranging from classical to jazz, and

contemporary according to its creator Tim Vincent-

Smith. He said: “It is deliberatley genre fluid. My

band s:ink is an experimental acoustic

improvisational trio and the original idea for the

Pianodrome came from constructing a dream space

for us to play in. It turns out that a lot of other

people like playing here too. Zoe Baez of The

Hebrides Ensemble said this was the perfect place

for a child to hear classical music. We also

collaborate with Tinderbox and Soundhouse.”

From June to September members of the public

will have the opportunity of experiencing the former

school building in its new role as a cultural hub,

when Pianodrome comes to town. Plans to convert

the building into the new home for St Mary's Music

School in the form of a national music centre have

already been approved.

Previous incarnations of the Pianodrome created

by the community interest company at the Botanics

in 2018, at The Pitt in 2019 and also at Leith Theatre

all created by Vincent-Smith and his crew. More

recently there were ten piano sculptures displayed on

the Leeds Piano Train in September last year and

you can now see those sculptures in Ocean Terminal

where they are sited in the former Debenhams store.

Be sure to take notice of the elephant tusk sculpture

outside in the stairwell which is also created from

bits of pianos. As well as the installation at the

former Royal High there will be drop in events,

workshops and performances.

Pianodrome Producer and Director Matthew

Wright, said: “Since we first invited audiences to play

with and sit on our upcycled piano sculptures we’ve

been delighted to find ourselves part of an

enthusiastic, growing culture of do-it-yourself

creative expression in the city. The new Pianodrome

Amphitheatre is a chance for us to work with this

community, and a growing list of partner

organisations, to create a welcoming, sustainable,

playful and magical musical space where new sounds

and ideas can be shared and celebrated by all.”

Pianodrome Director and Lead Artist Tim

Vincent-Smith, said:"In the same way that we, at

Pianodrome, take beautiful old pianos and give them

new lives as interactive sculptures, the new National

Centre for Music will take the iconic Old Royal High

and make it really sing. It is a great privilege and a

pleasure to be given this opportunity to play a small

part in the commencement of this wonderful


David Martin, Hidden Door's Creative Director,

said:"We are honoured to be hosting the world

premiere of a new Pianodrome at this year's Hidden

Door Festival in June. While our event breathes new

life into Edinburgh's forgotten spaces, Pianodrome

gives new life to abandoned instruments, and

through their inspirational creativity they generate

new space for performers and audiences to

experience in a completely unique and often

interactive way.

“Their imaginative vision epitomises the spirit of

the festival, so it is fantastic to be working in

partnership together to put on a programme of

theatre, music and spoken word performances that

will provide unforgettable experiences for anyone

lucky enough to find a seat at the Pianodrome

during Hidden Door.”

Jack Hunter

Summerhall is

festival ready

SUMMERHALL has published its 11th

Summerhall Festival Programme

running 5-28 August.

Consciously smaller than previous

years, the 2022 programme is a

carefully crafted and vibrant mix of

theatre, dance, visual arts and music.

Full of the avant-garde creativity that

Summerhall is best known for, this

programme typifies the spirit of

community and vitality with which the

Edinburgh Festival Fringe was founded.

The programme encompasses work

from over 15 countries and explores

topics ranging from identity and the

power of love to the global struggles

against racism, transphobia and

climate change.

Summerhall has created two brand

new artist bursaries for 2022. The Mary

Dick Award supports artists with

disabilities to present their work, while

the two Meadows awards support

artists of colour who base their practice

in Scotland. They join the existing

Autopsy and Eclipse Awards which

support Scotland-based artists

producing boundary-pushing work

and underrepresented artists

presenting work at the Edinburgh

Festival Fringe respectively.

Mary Dick Award-winner Jack Hunter

(pictured) performed an excerpt from

his debut comedy One of Two in the

Anatomy Lecture Theatre – marking

the full reopening of all Summerhall

spaces for live performance ahead of

the festivals.

Summerhall is also proud to

welcome back the Taiwan Season, Start

to Finnish and Big in Belgium, Pro

Helvetia’s Swiss Selection and Paines

Plough’s Roundabout.

Summerhall Executive Director

Graham Main said: “We are thrilled to

be launching such a diverse, exciting

programme of theatre, music, dance

and visual art for 2022 - the 75th

anniversary of the Edinburgh Festivals.

We’re looking forward to welcoming

artists and audiences alike to enjoy this

unique, community space, with all the

atmosphere of creativity and

exploration that the festivals bring.”

The Royal Dick, the Gallery Bar and

the Pickerings Courtyard Bar will be

open until late throughout the festival.



Playing at the Custom

George Monbiot

with Katie Paterson

House this month...

Leithers Live will be using the historic building as a backdrop

THE SECRET HISTORY of Leith will be enacted at one

of its most historic buildings when the Custom House

becomes the backdrop for a new play.

The performances, by Citadel Arts Group, will allow a

rare behind the scenes look at the Georgian Custom

House - which is currently awaiting redevelopment.

Liz Hare, artistic director of Citadel Arts Group

and director of Leithers Live said: “We are very excited

about this. It is the first time we have performed a site

specific work.

“It will be wonderful to see the play come to life inside

the Custom House and outside on the Shore - which is

where some of the scenes in the play take place.”

The new work is based on the novel ‘Leithers One

Family’, by William Haddow, which traces the history of

the port from mediaeval times to the present day.

It has been adapted by ten different writers from the

Citadel Arts Group, with each episode taking place at a

different time in history.

Author William Haddow said: “If you look at the

geography Leith really should be the capital of Scotland.

But Edinburgh realised it had to have access to the sea

and so they bought the Shore. It created something like

apartheid between Leith and Edinburgh. It’s quite a story.

“The history of Leith is amazing – when you look at

what’s involved. There’s no town with the same length

and depth of incredible history like it in the whole

of the UK.”

Leithers Live covers the whole range of life in

the port, with characters including bankers,

smugglers, fishwives and pickpockets - right up to

the modern day invasion of hipsters and gourmet

coffee shops.

Lizzie MacLean, who is one of the playwrights

involved said working on the play had been a joy.

“I joined the Citadel writing group during lockdown

and it has been a great experience. I’ve learned such

a lot – both from the other writers and from the actors.”

Leithers One Family was originally adapted into a

podcast during lockdown before being re-adapted for

live performance.

Una Richards, CEO of Scottish Historic Buildings

Trust said it was a great opportunity to use the building in

a creative way and for people to see inside the building,

which is normally closed to the public.

Gregor Davidson (above),

Mark Kydd (right) and Mairi

Jayne Weir and Debbie Whyte

reahearse with Mark (below)

“As part of our commitment to the community of

Leith, we are delighted to welcome Citadel Arts to the

Custom House to perform Leithers Live.

“After such a long time in lockdown, it is wonderful

that the Custom House is being brought back to life with

such an enthusiastic progressive performance.”

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust is currently discussing

the future of Custom House, which was bought by

Edinburgh City Council in 2015 for £650,000, after 30

years as a storeroom for the Museum of Scotland.

Leithers Live: The Custom House Play, June 17 and 18,

Performances at 2pm and 7pm

Tickets: ftennick@hotmail.com Tel: 01875 340 717

Eric Robinson

Birth and life at

Ingleby Gallery

A NEW EXHIBITION by Katie Paterson that tells

the birth and life of our planet in a single object – an

object that uses dust gathered from material dating

from pre-solar times to those of the present – is on

display at Ingleby Gallery. The artist was joined by

author, journalist and environmental activist George

Monbiot during his UK book tour. Monbiot said:

“Very powerful and moving and sad and strong, an

astonishing achievement, one of the most arresting

and exciting exhibitions I've ever seen.”

Paterson said: “I’ve always made artworks that

deal with nature, time and climate, but this is the

first that isn’t afraid to be political and confrontational.

It is both celebratory and mythical, and yet it is also

the saddest work I’ve ever made, mourning life lost

and expressing a dystopian vision.”

In the centre of the gallery (a simple, light-filled

cube some eleven metres square) stands a single

plinth. On it, will sit a large jar, a glass urn, the

ancient form of funerary vessel. Around the walls a

long shelf will hold a series of small vials, 370 of

them in all, each containing a tablespoon of dust,

21g of powdered matter – the posited weight of a

human soul – each one a layer of time waiting to be

poured, into the urn.

Married to art

A NEW EXHIBITION at Harvey & Woodd at the

top of Dundas Street represents the careers of

by Beatrice M.L. Huntington (1889–1988) and

her husband William ‘Spanish’ Macdonald


Huntington’s works span seven decades and

show her development and versatility as an

artist from early sketches and designs through

to formal portraits. Key examples in the

collection show her brief but significant

engagement with the European avant-garde in

the 1920s as well as influence from her husband

as they travelled together in Spain and France.

A group of later works, dating from her return

to painting after her husband’s death in 1960

represent her later style.

Macdonald is represented by a body of work

from his time in Spain, mainly painted during

the 1920s, but also by examples of his

portraiture and notably by a lively self-portrait.

The collection includes a vibrant and very

personal portrait of William Macdonald By F.C.B.

Cadell, who was a close personal friend of both.

An exhibition of work by Beatrice Huntington and

William Macdonald 13 - 25 June.

Neil Hanna


Deadly deeds

Serial killers for Science

The to-ings and fro-ings of murderous

duo Burke and Hare are laid bare

in Jan Bondeson’s book Murder

Houses of Edinburgh

Much has been written about

those fiends of the Old Town,

Burke and Hare, Edinburgh’s

most celebrated serial killers,

who murdered a number of

people for the purpose of

selling their bodies for

dissection at the anatomy school of Dr Robert Knox.

William Burke was born in 1792 in Urney, County

Tyrone, as one of two sons to middle-class parents. In

1818, he deserted his wife and family, moving to

Scotland, where he became a navvy helping to

construct the Union Canal, settling down near Falkirk

with his common-law wife Helen M’Dougal. After

moving to Edinburgh, he became a hawker selling old

clothes to impoverished people, before trying his luck

as a cobbler. About the mystery man William Hare,

little is known except he was an illiterate Irish lad who

turned up in Edinburgh in the mid-1820s, living in a

small lodging-house off Tanner’s Close, West Port, run

by a man named Logue. When this individual died,

Hare moved in with Logue’s Irish-born wife Margaret.

In 1827 Burke and Hare both worked as agricultural

labourers in Penicuik; they became friends and it has

been suggested that Burke and Helen M’Dougal

moved into the Tanner’s Close lodging-house as well,

drinking and carousing, and leading a riotous life.


In late November 1827, an old army veteran named

Donald died at Hare’s lodging-house, owing £4 worth

of back rent. Thinking that the old man would be

worth more dead than he had been alive, Burke and

Hare sold his body to the celebrated Edinburgh

anatomist Robert Knox, at his anatomy school in

Surgeon’s Square, for £7 10s. This princely sum paid

up, without any awkward questions asked, for the

cadaver of the old soldier, set the two ruffians thinking.

What if they murdered various down-and-out

characters in the slums of Edinburgh, in a way that

made it difficult to tell that they had been deliberately

done to death, and then sold the corpses to Knox?

There is reason to believe that their first victim was a

miller named Joseph who lodged in Hare’s house.

After he had been sedated with some liberal tots of

whisky, Burke pinned him down by laying across his

upper torso, as Hare suffocated him to death with a

pillow. In total they claimed sixteen victims, all killed

in the same manner, among them the young prostitute

Mary Paterson, and the invalid lad James Wilson, and

a street character known as Daft Jamie. Their final

victim was an Irishwoman named Margaret Docherty,

whose body was discovered by some other lodgers

who called in the police. Burke and Hare made haste

Portraits of serial killers

William Hare and William

Burke circa 1850

to sell the cadaver to Dr Knox, but the public-spirited

lodger identified the body in his dissection-room and

the two ruffians were arrested.

At the trial of William Burke, which opened on

Christmas Eve 1828 before the High Court of

Justiciary in Parliament House, the slimy Hare turned

King’s evidence, blaming Burke for everything. Burke

was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to be

hanged and publicly dissected. Awaiting execution,

Burke made a partial confession, putting much of the

blame on Hare. He was hanged on 28 January 1829 in

front of an enormous crowd and publicly dissected by

Professor Munro a few days later. His mounted

skeleton stands at the Anatomical Museum of the

University of Edinburgh, whereas Surgeon’s Hall has

his death mask and a book bound in his skin. Helen

M’Dougal made a swift escape from Edinburgh,

pursued by an angry mob. Although Daft Jamie’s

Awaiting execution, Burke made

a partial confession, putting

much of the blame on Hare

family urged that Hare should also be prosecuted, this

was not possible according to the legislation of the

time. Hare also left Edinburgh in a hurry, probably for

his native Ireland, although no historian has been able

to track him down. A cutting from the Newry

Commercial Telegraph of March 31 1829 claims that

Hare turned up at a public house in Scarva, County of

Armagh, with his wife and child, but he was

recognised by the mob and run out of town.


According to an article in Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper

of December 22 1861, the Canadian correspondent of

The Scotsman had heard a story that Hare had died in

that country. The Weekly Scotsman of August 26 1916

prefers a more sanguinary tale: Hare got employment

at a lime kiln, but the other workers found out about

his true identity and threw him into the lime so that he

was blinded; he ended his days as a blind beggar in

London’s Oxford Street. In an article marking the

centenary of the murders, the Nottingham Evening

Post of November 26 1927 prefers the version that

Hare ended up as a blind beggar selling matches in

London’s Burlington Arcade for forty years.

There has been a good deal of gibbering, from

various ill-informed ‘internet monkeys’, that Burke and

Hare lived on the southern side of what is today the

West Port in Edinburgh’s Old Town, but a map in the

1884 book The History of Burke and Hare by George

MacGregor, and perusal of the 1852 Ordnance Survey


Knox’s house was stoned and

windows broken while he

sneaked out through the back

door taking refuge at a friend’s

Tom Duffin

map of Edinburgh, clearly demonstrates that the two

villains lived on the north side of this thoroughfare,

roughly where the large modern tenement called

Webster’s Land is situated today. The MacGregor map

may well be somewhat over-simplified and on the

Ordnance Survey map it looks like if there is another

tenement between Burke’s house and Grindlay’s Close,

whereas Hare’s humble dwelling is situated behind

another, taller house in the West Port, and accessed

through Tanner’s Close.


The 1893 Ordnance Survey map shows Tanner’s Close

and Hare’s house still intact, although the building

situated at the site of Burke’s house now has a different

shape. In July 1902, the Edinburgh newspapers could

announce that Hare’s house was to be demolished as

part of a slum clearance. Burke’s house had been

pulled down some time ago, it was stated. Thus

nothing remains today of two of Edinburgh’s most

celebrated murder houses; both Tanner’s Close and

Grindlay’s Close have disappeared from the Edinburgh

map, for good.

Many Edinburgh people were outraged that Robert

Knox, who was widely thought to share the moral

responsibility for the murders, had escaped entirely

without punishment. On February 12 1829, a large

mob congregated on Calton Hill, before setting out for

Knox’s house at 4 Newington Place, carrying with

them a life-sized effigy of the anatomist, clad in a

gaudy waistcoat and bearing the label ‘Knox, the

associate of the infamous Hare’. They hung the effigy

from the branch of a tree and tried to set it alight;

when it failed to catch fire, they instead tore it into

Below Burke’s House from

The West Port Murders

(Edinburgh 1829)

little pieces. Knox’s house was stoned and many

windows broken, the railings destroyed and the front

garden trampled. The fearful anatomist sneaked out

through the back door and took refuge in a friend’s

house. Knox remained in Edinburgh until 1842, but

his career never recovered. He then moved to London

and died there in obscurity in 1862.

It is not generally known that Robert Knox’s house

at 4 Newington Place, from which he had such a

narrow escape from the Edinburgh mob back in 1829,

is still standing today. In 1885, the terrace of

Newington Place was incorporated into Newington

Road, and the houses renumbered; in Victorian times,

a shop was constructed in its front garden. This shop is

today Euroclean Dry Cleaners, and behind it, Dr

Knox’s old house at what is today 17 Newington Road

is daily passed by throngs of people oblivious of this

curious relic from the days of Burke and Hare.

This is an edited extract from Jan Bondeson’s book

Murder Houses of Edinburgh (Troubador Publishing

2020), of which signed copies are available at

Edinburgh Books in the West Port.

Robert Blomfield’s son Will,

at the exhibition launch at

University of Edinburgh

Blomfield is

back in town


A NEW EXHIBITION of photographs by

the talented student photographer Robert

Blomfield has just opened at the University

of Edinburgh Main Library in George Square.

Blomfield’s three sons helped to launch the

five-month long photographic display which is

hosted in the library and is free for all to visit

until 1 October.

Since Robert’s work was “rediscovered” four

years ago when it was shown at the City Art

Centre, he sadly passed away, and his family

made the decision to place his Scottish

photography work in the care of the University

where he studied medicine and later became

a doctor at “The Royal” in the 1950s and 60s.

Curator Daryl Green said: “In this exhibition

you will encounter Edinburgh through Robert’s

lens, from when he first stepped off the train

platform in Waverley station through to the

late 1960s.

“These photographs reveal how he

developed his eye and his skills in the darkroom

and how he became a student of light.”

Blomfield’s work would be classed as “street”

photography and brilliantly captures moments

of life in the city, and within his own life at

university here. For the first time we also see

his colour work, and some experimental shots

taken by attaching his camera to a telescope.

As one of the visitors to the exhibition

commented, the shot of the brand new

Forth Road Bridge is also remarkable for

having more pedestrians than cars.

I thoroughly recommend a visit, ideally

combined with a walk through the Meadows as

Robert Blomfield would have done more than

60 years ago, and where Edinburgh life is just as

varied and interesting. Take a camera, walk in

his footsteps and capture some moments

yourself. Blomfield’s legacy should be that we

can all become students of light.

Please do share your Blomfield inspired

images on social media. #StudentOfLight

Exhibition open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.


Marshall signs

Jack seeks a

speedy sponsor

for the Hibees

Scotland hero agreed two-year deal


EXPERIENCED goalkeeper David

Marshall will join Hibernian FC on

1 July 2022.

The 37-year-old Scotland

international has penned a

two-year pre-contract agreement

to become a Hibee and will move

to the Club when his contract with

English Championship side QPR

expires at the end of next month.

Marshall, who has 47 caps

for Scotland, was his nation’s

hero as the Scots qualified for

Euro 2020, making crucial saves

in penalty shoot outs against

Israel and Serbia.

He has made over 550 club

appearances featuring in the SPFL,

the English Premier League and

the Champions League to name a

few and joins from QPR where he

Backing for Johnson

Hibs’ new manager keen to win over support and prove doubters wrong


CAN LEE JOHNSON succeed where Shaun

Maloney failed and bring back the feel-good

factor to Easter Road?

His arrival was greeted by a mixed response

amongst fans after reports that former Malmo

boss ate Champions League winner Jon Dahl

Tomasson had been linked with the vacancy.

There was a lot of support among the fans for

the Dane, but the new Hibs boss is taking it all in

his stride.

He said: “I understand it; I wasn't a massive

name as a player and there were some big

football names being bandied about.

“But it's not about me; it's about creating a

united identity that we can all be proud of.

Hopefully we can not only win, but win the way

we want to.

"I want an aggressive team in terms of forward

thinking. I want players to play forward and run

forward, to make sure we are playing with such a

tempo and a high line that we can force errors

and dictate the game.”

After making more than 450 appearances in

was their number one until an

injury curtailed his season.

Hibernian FC Manager, Lee

Johnson, said: “I’d like to offer

David a very warm welcome.

He’s an excellent goalkeeper and

actually a player that I’ve tried to

sign before.

“His experience will be

invaluable for us both on and off

the pitch. It’s vital that our senior

players aren’t just great characters,

but also help us set the standard

around the training ground and on

matchdays. He is a fantastic

addition to this squad, and I’m

looking forward to working

with him.”

Head of Recruitment, Ian

Gordon, said: “We have a young,

talented, ambitious team, but we

know that if we want to be

successful, we need to have a good

balance in terms of experience and

leadership, and David Marshall fits

that mould perfectly.

“He is a real professional, who

England and Scotland as a player, 40-year-old

Johnson made an early step into management

being appointed by Oldham Athletic in

League One at the age of just 31, which made

him the youngest manager in the EFL (English

Football League).

He guided the Latics to safety and led them to

their best league finish in five years – alongside

introducing a high-quality style of football.

Johnson worked his way up the EFL and after

a spell at Barnsley, he was appointed by his

former club and English Championship side

Bristol City.

Again, he steered the Robins away from the

relegation zone in successive seasons whilst

implementing a fresh approach and ethos

around the Club.

The Robins continued to progress

under his management as he turned

them into Play-Off challengers and took

them on a memorable EFL Cup journey.

His Bristol City side saw off a

number of Premier League outfits,

including Jose Mourinho’s

Manchester United, before

will push on the other ‘keepers and

really help accelerate the

development of our younger

goalkeepers like Murray Johnson.”

narrowly losing in the semi-final to Manchester

City, which led to Pep Guardiola hailing

Johnson’s style of play.

In his last managerial position, Johnson

helped Sunderland lift their first piece of

silverware in 14 years winning the EFL Trophy at

Wembley Stadium and reaching the Play-Offs.

He departed the Black Cats in January 2022 sat

in 3rd place in League One.

Hibs’ Executive Chairman, Ron Gordon,

commented: “Throughout this process we have

been very clear on the type of profile, the style of

football, and the experience we want our new

Manager to have, and that aligned approach

enabled us to be incredibly thorough and

vigorous during our search.

“We will support him in the transfer

window, so he can put his own stamp

on the squad as we look forward to,

what will hopefully be a really successful

2022/23 campaign.

“We are all looking forward to



working with him, and his staff,

to bring sustained success to

our fantastic football club.”

SCOTTISH racing driver Jack Davidson is

seeking a new business sponsor.

A Race Instructor with Palmer Sport,

Jack, who is twenty years of age and

started racing when he was just eight

years old, is currently competing in the

JCW Mini Challenge UK Series.

Aged fourteen he progressed from

club level and British level karting to

racing cars. In 2017, after five lap records,

and twelve race wins, Jack was crowned

Fiestas Junior British Champion aged

just fifteen.

He’s looking for a Scottish business

with a national presence that can get

involved in his current race series now, as

the season, which involves races at

Brands Hatch, Knockhill and Silverstone

to name but three prestigious racetracks,

has only just started. With Jack having

performed really well in the second half

of last season eventually finishing third,

he is tipped to win the series this year.

“Last season I was involved in some of

the closest finishes the series saw,” said

Jack. “I hope to keep driving well, and

feel that I have a very good chance of

winning the Championship this year. I’ve

set my sights on this to help me fulfil my

ambition of driving in the BTCC

Championship in 2023.”

“It would be fantastic to attract a new

business sponsor. They’d certainly

achieve good media profile if they get

involved now.”

Run to support the British Touring Car

Championship since 2020, the Mini

Challenge UK series first started in 2002.

The races are frequently televised on

ITV4, along with several other platforms.

“The races receive televised

coverage all over the Country,” added

Jack, “Sponsoring me would be a

very effective way of building

brand presence.”

“If any interested parties would like to

get in touch with me, I’d be delighted

to give them more details on how the

sponsorship could work to benefit

us both.”

Jack can be contacted directly at



Chloe to race at

the Classic

Phil Wilkinson


THE BIGGEST motoring event in

Scotland will take place on 18-19

June at Thirlestane Castle when

there will be live motorsport,

memorabilia on display and a

classic car show.

Chloe Grant, who began racing

at the age of seven, tested the sprint

track in her Graham Brunton

prepared F4 car which will race on

the castle's refurbished driveway.

There will be more than 50

contemporary classic and vintage

cars including Formula 1 cars

using the track over the weekend.

Sir Jackie Stewart will also do a

parade on the driveway in the car

which led him to his first Formula

1 world championship in 1969,

giving visitors the chance to watch

him live and snap a picture of the

Flying Scot, one of Scotland’s top

sporting icons.

The event is being held in aid of

Race Against Dementia, a global

charity set up by Sir Jackie Stewart

to raise funds for research into a

cure for dementia, a disease which

globally impacts 50 million people

including his beloved wife, Helen.

Chloe Grant said: “The Sir Jackie

Stewart Classic is a great

opportunity to showcase Scottish

motorsports and get up close and

personal with some of the greatest

cars ever made. I am really proud

to be joining the sprint in such an

amazing location and all for such

a great cause.”

The front lawn of the Castle will

host memorabilia from Sir Jackie

Stewart OBE’s prestigious career

including a stunning display of

cars driven throughout his career

including his Formula 1 cars.

Elsewhere, the Borders Vintage

Automobile Club will celebrate its

50th anniversary by bringing more

than 1,200 vintage and classic cars.

The event will showcase the best

of Scotland’s culture, from local

produce in the food and retail

village, to arts and crafts, as well as

activities for children of all ages

including kart simulators, rides,

games, a bouncy castle, bungee

trampolines and more.

Tickets start at £20 for adults

and £15 for concessions, with kids

under 12 able to attend for free.

Find out more or book tickets at:


Hearts must learn from their super-sub hoodoo


TWO RANGERS substitutes

scored goals leading to Hearts

missing out on Scottish Cup

glory at Hampden. It was

ironic, as in spite of a successful

season, it hammered home

just how far the team has to go

to close the gap with

Scotland’s two top teams.

Hearts huffed and puffed for

the first 45 minutes and

succeeded in nullifying the

Europa League finalists and

had Ellis Simms buried the

golden opportunity that

fell his way after just ten

minutes, then the outcome

might have been a completely

different one.

Ryan Jack and Scott Wright

came off the bench to see

Rangers end an emotional

week on a high. The Scottish

pair, along with fellow outfield

substitutes Glen Kamara and

Fashion Sakala highlight the

quality that the Old Firm sides

have at their disposal.

It was the same story when

Hearts visited Celtic Park last

month. The men in maroon

were playing well until Celtic

brought on Georgios

Giakoumakis, Liel Abada, Reo

Hatate, Tom Rogic and James

Forrest, who took the game

away from the visitors.

With Hearts’ third-place

finish guaranteeing groupstage

European football of

some form until December,

Hearts must begin next season

with a bigger squad to help

cope with the hectic Thursday-

Sunday fixture schedule.

For that third-place finish

they will receive a substantial

financial reward. With any

luck, former Hearts man,

Aaron Hickey will finalise a

move from Bologna for

£15-20 million, of which,

Hearts are entitled to a sell

on clause which is reported

to be at least 10%.

The excellent recruitment

Hearts have made in the last

two years means they will be

recruiting from a position of

strength. With the money

earned from their efforts this

season, sporting director Joe

Savage and manager Robbie

Neilson will hope to find the

right additions.

John Souttar pulled on the

maroon jersey for the last time

at Hampden and was arguably

Hearts’ best player on the day.

Ball-playing centre backs are

very difficult to find in the

modern-day era, which is why

Souttar will be difficult for

Hearts to replace. Peter Haring

is yet to agree a new contract

at Tynecastle.

Hearts have had a great

season. They failed to cap it off

with silverware, but the

transformation at the club in

the last 12 months shows they

are on the right track.

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