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Volley good show at the Commonwealth Games

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Australia, the conquerors of Scotland's women's beach volleyball team, eventually had to accept second best for the second Commonwealth Games running.Team Scotland hopes, blocker Melissa Coutts, aged 51, and her partner, Lynne Beattie, aged...

Tuns of choice at new sour beer bar Porty Vault

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A brewery specialising in sour beers has hit the sweet spot with the opening of a new bar in Portobello. Vault City Brewing, supported by £45,000 raised by crowdfunding, has enjoyed a busy first month...

Fury at Portobello’s towering infernal 5g mast

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Almost 90 objections have been lodged by residents, businesses and heritage groups opposed to a 66ft telecom tower being built in a historic conservation area. Residents are anxiously awaiting a decision by the City of...

Furious residents say 66ft telecoms mast will blight High Street Conservation Area

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Residents are furious at plans to install a 66ft telecoms tower outside their properties in Portobello. Almost 50 objections have been lodged with the City of Edinburgh Council against the proposal to install a 5G...

Bikefest at Bellfield takes place this Sunday

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On Sunday 19 June pop down to Bellfield in Portobello for a free event all about bikes. Bikefest at Bellfield will explore what low carbon transport and travel means for Portobello with a bit...

Portobello and Fisherrow Sands part of national clean campaign

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Keep Scotland Beautiful has launched its My Beach Your Beach campaign, encouraging everyone to take better care of Scotland’s beaches and help improve bathing water quality and safety. The campaign this summer focuses on seven...

Join the Shrub to Stitch It Don’t Ditch It this weekend

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The SHRUB Co-op sustainable fashion working group are holding a Stitch It Don’t Ditch It street event on Saturday 21 May from 11.30am to 1pm on Portobello Promenade near the end of Laing Terrace at Groyne number 4. This is part of a series...

Treasure to be found in Porty Food Map

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Portobello’s growing number of independent food outlets and suppliers have been put on the map in a fund raising initiative in support of the former Town Hall. Porty Food Map features 21 traders who tell...

Capital Coffee – Tanifiki, Portobello

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Portobello, long an attractive location, is an increasingly fashionable spot with a lively cultural scene. Tanifiki, at the Figgate Burn end of the town, is a great new addition to the range of cafés...

Alice Byrne – family acknowledge love and support from the community

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Alice Byrne was reported missing from Portobello on 1 January 2022. Her family and friends have published posters and social media posts in an effort to find her.While police continue to investigate, they now...

Portobello woman still missing after a week – police issue renewed appeal

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One week from the time she was last seen in Portobello, the family of 28-year-old Alice Byrne have issued an appeal urging anyone with information on her whereabouts to come forward.   Alice’s family said: “Alice...

Walking in a Window Wanderland

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Residents in Portobello are being asked to dress up their windows to create a winter Window Wanderland. The initiative, by Action Porty, is encouraging occupiers to design a festive window, and to display it by...

Fair Botanists brought to life . . .

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The two main characters in author Sara Sheridan’s historical romantic novel, The Fair Botanists, have been “brought to life” and feature in a winter art exhibition. Set in Edinburgh in 1822 around the time of...

COP26 – PEDAL Porty taking small steps

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This article has been provided by PEDAL Porty as part of our series of articles to be published around COP26, the UN conference on climate change which is being held in Glasgow from 31...

Get down to the beach for a Spooktacular Swim this Sunday

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Swimmers are invited to turn up at Portobello Beach on Sunday morning wearing their spookiest swimming costumes. There will be prizes for the scariest swimsuit, and Halloween-themed hot drinks and terrifying treats served in Bellfield...

Popular Art Walk Porty festival steps up to the easel

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Art lovers can take a walk around Portobello’s creative spaces with the return today of the Art Walk Porty Festival, which runs until next Sunday, 12 September. Thirty commercial premises and private homes will play...

Portobello chippie offering free fish suppers in return for plastic

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The St Andrews Takeaway in Portobello has partnered up with Love Seafood and the community group, Keep Porty Tidy and will offer free fish suppers this Saturday in return for plastic. This is not...

Art walk strides forward with new festival

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Art Walk Porty is chalking up another programme of events, exhibitions, art houses, artist led-walks, book launches, performances, film nights and pop-up spaces from 4-12 September, with the full programme announced around 10 August. Established...

Step forward to save landmark Edinburgh steeple

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An Edinburgh councillor is calling for the Portobello community to rally round and help save a towering landmark. Maureen Child has highlighted urgent repairs required to the A-Listed neo-gothic steeple at St John the Evangelist...

A taste of Bologna – by the beach

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Portobello has added to its growing foodie reputation with the opening of pasta specialist Aemilia. Top chef Kip Preidys and Giada Betti have added a traditional “pastificio” to the town’s High Street and in the...

Retired teacher Chris grafts to battle graffiti gremlins

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Retired teacher Chris Cowie is on a roll in his campaign to spruce up large refuse bins positioned along Portobello Promenade. With the popular beach destination attracting thousands of visitors each day during lockdown, and...

Pasta perfection on the menu in Portobello

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A pop-up pasta specialist is opening a permanent place in Portobello. Kip Preidys and Giada Betti are taking over the former Bross Bagels shop in the town’s High Street and plan to open Aemilia, a...

Podcast – cycling around Portobello

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I went for a cycle around Portobello this week with Kirsty Lewin who is an active travel expert, and who now volunteers with Spokes Porty. We began on the Prom and cycled up Duddingston...

Portobello sailing club shores up funding with sportscotland grant

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Portobello Sailing and Kayak Club (PSKC) are paddling towards a £155,000 fundraising target to create a permanent water sports hub after being awarded £77,625 from sportscotland. The new facility will allow the club to offer...

Soul Water Sauna can hit the right health notes on Porty Prom

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Temperatures on Portobello Beach could soar if a bid to operate a mobile sauna gets city council approval. Local resident and wild swimmer Kirsty Carver has applied for licence to locate her wood fired...

Green light for Grand Theft Auto designer’s Portobello home

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Millionaire games developer Leslie Benzies has been granted approval to convert the former Dalriada Hotel in Portobello into a single home. Benzies, who made his fortune as a creator on the Grand Theft Auto series,...

Pizza boss enters the fold with Portobello beach deckchair plan

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Rental deckchairs could be on the way back to Portobello Beach after an absence of more than 30 years in an initiative by pizza specialist Civerinos Slice. City parks officials are considering a proposal by...

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...

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