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Swimmers raise a cool £16,500 so far with morning dips in the Forth

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Brenna and Katie have been dipping in to the icy waters of the Firth of Forth at Portobello every day for 16 days rain, hail and the occasional sunshine with a bit of thundersnow...

Portobello’s Velvet Easel offers something for every palette

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The Winter Exhibition at The Velvet Easel continues until 28 February and features new artists in addition to others well-known to the Portobello gallery.The exhibition includes figurative, landscape, still life and abstract paintings, including...

In praise of Portobello, now a much sought-after place to live

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Sadly, Portobello made the headlines for all the wrong reasons during the early stages of lockdown when thousands packed the beach to grab some welcome relief and enjoy the sunshine.Senior politicians expressed concern, particularly...

Emergency services remain at scene of serious collision in Portobello

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Emergency services were called to a serious road collision in Portobello around 2.45pm this afternoon.The collision involved a cyclist and the driver of a Grant Construction lorry near to the junction of Portobello High...

Grand Theft Auto designer nicks in to snap up former Edinburgh hotel

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An entrepreneur who made his fortune in the gaming industry is the new owner of the Dalriada Hotel on Portobello Promenade.Leslie Benzies is the creative genius who developed the Grand Theft Auto series into...

Edinburgh Leisure – more pools to open

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Edinburgh Leisure has announced it will reopen the rest of its Victorian pools.  Warrender, Portobello, Dalry and Glenogle Swim Centres on Monday, 26 October 2020. June Peebles, CEO of Edinburgh Leisure said: “We’re delighted that we...

Last orders for Dalriada in £2 million home plan

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An Edinburgh entrepreneur is understood to be closing in on a deal to purchase the Dalriada Hotel on Portobello Promenade with the intention of converting the building into a luxury home.The prominent hotel and...

Art Walk Porty all set up on The Prom

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The annual artfest by the sea was officially cancelled earlier in the year in common with many other art events.Now organisers have gone ahead with the 'All at Sea' exhibition which will be...

The Portobello Wheel opened today

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After a delay during which government advice changed, the Portobello Wheel finally opened to customers today.Potential customers were left waiting and just a little disappointed until The City of Edinburgh Council gave it...

Licence for Portobello ferris wheel suspended

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The ferris wheel which was put up in Portobello over the last few days will not be opening tonight or anytime soon as the council has suspended its licence.Whether or not that also...

Tickets available for charity BBQ and vintage ball this Saturday at Bellfield

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Magnificent men put both feet forward to save WWI flying machineA “knees-up” has been organised to support a group of magnificent men and their flying machine.The charity BBQ and vintage ball at Bellfield...

Taking the plunge at Portobello

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Earlier today photographer Anna Deacon and journalist Vicky Allan were joined by over eighty swimmers to launch their book Taking the Plunge: The Healing Power of Wild Swimming for Mind Body and Soul, by taking...

Portobello Book Festival 2019

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival may have packed its tents and said goodbye to the circus for another year, but the 11th Portobello Book Festival is still to come!Offering a wide range of events...

Art Walk Porty 2019 – The Art Houses are open this weekend

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Art Walk Porty begins on Saturday 7 September 2019.This year the Art Houses are organised around three walks: East, Central and West Portobello. In total there are 38 locations participating with 53 artists.There...
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Family tribute to cyclist

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The family of a cyclist who died in a collision with a lorry on Wednesday in Portobello have paid tribute to him.Stuart Elliott, 40 was studying for a PhD at Edinburgh University, was...

Gathering at Portobello to mark Dog Theft Awareness Day

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This year is the third Dog Theft Awareness Day on 14 March 2019, and to mark it dog lovers gathered on Portobello Beach last weekend.Georgie and Ed Bell and their daughters owned two Border...

The 10th Portobello Book Festival is here!

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The 10th Portobello Book Festival opened last night, with a packed out (and packed in) evening of entertainment in Portobello Library.Introducing a programme of readings and music, author Louise Kelly spoke of the goodwill...

The 10th Portobello Book Festival is coming!

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Ten years ago a group of Portobello residents decided to start a book festival.Ambitious? Maybe.They decided they wanted everything at that festival to be kept local – and free. This meant no-one would be...

Apply now for a You Decide! Community Grant

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You have until 28 September to apply for a community grant from a pot of £22,637 available in Portobello/Craigmillar for local projects.Apply for a chance to win a You Decide! Community Grant by the...

What’s on – go for a Tide Walk with William

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William Thomson a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and author of The Book of Tides is leading a Tide Walk in Edinburgh on 3 August 2018.The walk is designed for anyone who spends time...

Edinburgh councillor blogs – Councillor Maureen Child

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Councillor Maureen Child is the Labour councillor for Portobello/Craigmillar. Here she scours her inbox for news about her ward :As promised at our last Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting, and reported in the latest Castlebrae...

Edinburgh councillor blogs – Cllr Maureen Child

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Labour Councillor Maureen Child represents Portobello/Craigmillar. Here she gives us a look into her email inbox with all the happenings in and around the area.Dear AllThe next Figgate Park Clean Up is on Sunday...

Cllr Maureen Child – Five things to do in Portobello this week

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As usual Councillor Maureen Child keeps us up to date with news from her Ward of Portobello/Craigmillar.From her email inbox she tells us about five things going on in the area this week:Free Storytelling...

Baby seal rescued from Portobello Beach

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A baby seal was discovered washed up on Portobello beach this morning by locals. Jo Tennant who came across the seal took to social media to warn dogwalkers writing: “Seal pup on the beach at bottom of...

New minister at St Martin’s Church Portobello

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Rev Bill Wishart, 51, who is a member of the West Lothian Magic Circle, has been ordained  as a Church of Scotland minister and inducted into St Martin’s Church, Portobello. He has been an elder...

Portobello Book Festival 2017: A Community Triumph

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These days there are book festivals everywhere you look, from the dizzy heights of Hay-on-Wye to the cultured calm of Cheltenham.  Last weekend, however, I went out to the seaside to visit a festival...

Lecture – William Speirs Bruce the forgotten Polar Explorer

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A FREE lecture will be held in Portobello next week and the subject is former Portobello resident William Speirs Bruce, a scientist and polar explorer.The Portobello Heritage Trust organising the lecture on Wednesday 18th...

Edinburgh councillor blogs – Councillor Maureen Child

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Councillor Maureen Child is the Labour councillor in Portobello/Craigmillar. Here she rounds up her inbox for us.Dear AllOur community buy-out Bellfield's Crowdfunder closed last week, and Portobello did manage to raise more than the...

Action Porty now own Bellfield Church

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A community group in Edinburgh has become the first organisation in an urban area to benefit from community right to buy powers.Action Porty has today taken ownership of the former Portobello Old Parish Church...

Edinburgh councillor blogs – Councillor Maureen Child

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Edinburgh councillor Maureen Child represents the Portobello/Craigmillar Ward and here she writes for us her regular update on all the news in her part of Edinburgh :Conservation Volunteers are running an event at Joppa...
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