Nostalgia: Show and tell at Ingliston

Royal High School boys watch a reversible plough demonstration at the 1963 Royal Highland Show

Royal High School boys watch a reversible plough demonstration at the 1963 Royal Highland Show

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PEERING over the security barrier to catch the best view possible, these schoolboys from the 1960s are clearly fascinated by what is on display at Ingliston.

Dressed in their Royal High uniforms, the boys focus intently on a reversible plough demonstration at the 1963 Royal Highland Show, likely to have been just one of many fascinating exhibits they were treated to that June.

Stilt-walkers Rodney Duano & George Thomson with acrobat Nicky Larzad in September 1972

Stilt-walkers Rodney Duano & George Thomson with acrobat Nicky Larzad in September 1972

This week, frantic finishing touches will be made to the legendary showground ahead of this year’s event, which ­begins on Thursday and runs through to Sunday. Thousands of people, as they do without fail every year, will walk through the doors to immerse themselves in the excitement of the world-famous show.

Ingliston has provided countless memories for locals and visitors alike throughout the years, and this week it hit the headlines with news that it could become home to a huge pop-up village during Festival season. The “Carnival Camp”, the brainchild of South ­African entrepreneur Giuliano Giacovazzi, would house up to 8000 revellers who would use it as budget accommodation during the summer months.

If permission is granted for the venture, it will find a place in Ingliston’s rich history of events which includes the Mediaeval Jousting Tournament of September 1972. Pictured here, stilt walkers and acrobats wowed the 6000-strong crowd who basked in 63F (17C) heat, revelling in the wonder of the day.

There was not so much excitement in September 1979 however when only 10,000 people turned up for the first Edinburgh rock festival at ­Ingliston – 20,000 fewer than organisers had anticipated.

Miss P Stewart prepares her Border Leicester sheep for 1963's Highland Show

Miss P Stewart prepares her Border Leicester sheep for 1963's Highland Show

But despite the threat of heavy rain, those present made the most of the event, delighting in the headline act Van Morrison.

Concours D'Elegance winners receive their prizes at the Festival of Motoring at Ingliston in 1965

Concours D'Elegance winners receive their prizes at the Festival of Motoring at Ingliston in 1965

September 1979's Ingilston rock festival

September 1979's Ingilston rock festival

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