From the archive: The Neebors’ Tryst - 7 March, 1941

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“This sort of thing has come to stay,” the King remarked to one of the company at the Neebors’ Tryst, Fountainbridge, in the course of the visit to Scotland’s first communal restaurant.

The King and Queen entered the dining hall to find the first luncheon party already seated at the 22 new white-topped tables, six at a table. The company included a wide range of ages, from children with their mothers, to men and women over the pension limit. The party rose as the Royal visitors entered, and broke into a hearty and spontaneous cheer, after which they went on with their luncheon. The King’s observation about the permanent value of such centres was made to Miss Wingfield, Principal of the College of Domestic Science. Miss Wingfield agreed, and said she hoped centres would be set up not only in the poorer districts, but for all classes. The better off needed this economy in the country’s food and fuel.