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NEWHAVEN — A  UNIQUE FISHING VILLAGE ON THE COAST OF THE FORTH, PROUD OF ITS TRADITIONS, CULTURE AND HISTORY

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Growing Up In Newhaven


by Mae Melrose (Hall)


Growing up in Newhaven, we children had a happy time; we played tennis at Victoria Park and badminton in our kitchen.  I also swam daily in the Firth of Forth, going down the beach from Starbank Road.  Even when I grew up I would swim in my lunch hour.  We didn’t have TV, computer games, etc.  We managed to live a very happy life.


We — a group of the local boys and girls — had a great time on our roller skates, coming down Craighall Road to see who would be the quickest to reach the Bank on the corner.  We all went to the pictures on a Saturday — many happy memories!


The children of today have their own bedrooms; I was lucky being the only girl, my three brothers shared.


Our Granny lived at 88 Main Street and, although we went to Trinity Academy, we were never out the village.  I thought Newhaven was a great place — lovely clean windows and nice screens.  I always brought my school friends down to see the Village and go to my Granny’s.


I always felt we were well fed.  Even when we were on Rations, we were lucky to have fish.  We were also lucky enough to have Jeannie Falconer’s, Ben Corolla’s and not forgetting Mason’s or Mathieson’s the Bakers.


Although I was never in the Fishwives Choir, I do have the clothes and would never part with them.  I am proud to have come off good stock, real Bow-Tows, and be a Newhavener.


Newhaven has much to be proud of with the fishing industry at Granton and Newhaven.  The Church played a large part in all our lives.  I was utterly disappointed when our Museum closed and look forward when we can have another museum in the village.

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