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Scotland and its history / Writings · 18 October 2023

Scotland and its History. Portobello.

Edinburgh’s famous seaside suburb underwent some significant changes during those decades.

From demolitions to the opening of the bypass, we have a look back at the Portobello of yesteryear.

1. Portobello amusement arcade 1981

Exterior of Playfair Amusements, an amusement arcade in Bath Street, February 1981.

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Portobello 1989

Warm weather brought people out to Portobello beach in May 1989, where a little girl gets a pony ride

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3. Renewing sand at Portobello beach 1980

A lorry dumps new sand onto Portobello beach, January 1980. 

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