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Down Memory Lane

High Street, Dalkeith. Photo: Scottish Life Archive, National Museums of Scotland

High Street, Dalkeith. Photo: Scottish Life Archive, National Museums of Scotland

Now we move on to June. There was a note that William Craik, the Superintendent of the Telephone Exchange, had resigned.

As a result, the National Telephone Co obtained new premises in the High Street, next to the Commercial Bank (which was on the corner of Tait Street and the High Street).

Mr Craik had been in charge for 12 years, which I presume was when the telephone came to Dalkeith. The fact that they had to get new premises makes me think that perhaps Mr Craik’s house or shop had previously been used for the purpose. Mr Craik was a watchmaker, who had a shop at No 92 and house at No 94 High Street.

In conjunction with that, there was also an article that “wireless telegraphy in the navy is to succeed carrier pigeons”. I have a vision of pigeons battling through gales for hundreds of miles to deliver messages from ship to ship, though I don’t suppose it worked like that!

Summer was beginning. A weekly Brake service started running to Port Seton every Saturday at 3 pm, costing 1/6 return. The Co-op employees had their annual trip to Gullane, where “the day was pleasantly spent in sports and pastimes”. Eighty people took part.

Read more of Alan Mason’s feature in this week’s Advertiser. On sale now.

 

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