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Growing up on the Calders Prefab Estate 1949-1965 [Part Two]


Going to School.
The vast majority of the children living on the estate went to Wester Hailes School on the Wester Hailes Road.

The Catholic children attended St. Josephs R.C. Primary on Calder Road opposite the Silver Wing Pub.(See Picture 10 in my Old Calder Road Scrapbook)

Apart from some swings we had to make our own entertainment.
This consisted of playing Football or Cricket on the fields or against any suitable wall.
We played on the Canal banks or down by the Murray Burn.
If you went under the Bridge which took the canal over the Murray Burn you were in the field shown in Picture 1.
As long as we stayed on the Estate we could go where we wanted and were often being called in by irate parents if it got too late.
As we got older we played on the Industrial Estate which was just being built.
The remains of the old POW Camp were still visible and you could see and play in what seemed to be cellars used as Air Raid shelters.

There was little traffic, so playing in the street was the norm.
We collected the registration numbers of the few cars around and the fewer planes going into Turnhouse airport.

Sunday School at the St Nicholas Church Hut was almost obligatory and many children were in the Brownies, Cubs, Boys Brigade or Life Boys.
On Saturdays, we would go to the Roxy Picture House on Gorgie Road for the Morning matinee watching cartoons and serials like Buck Rogers or Batman.

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