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Tennis courts at Costie's

Tennis courts, Costie's Pavilion, ca, 1960
Willie Costie second from left.
Sarah Costie, fourth from left.
Sarah Costie gave me this when I visited her in Kirkwall in 1976
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Picture added on 23 February 2011 at 14:54
What a fantastic sight.
Unfortunately like too many other places in the middle of Kirkwall it has now been built on.
What a shame.
What's next? Brandyquoy, Bignold Park or the Keelies?
Added by Bruce Moar on 26 February 2011
Fond memories of my Aunt Sarah and Uncle Bill -he used to drive us all over the island in his Ford Anglia -- and I remember listening to the juke box in the pavillion as we tried to reach the snooker tables ( I was only 6!!)
Added by Martin Lavansch on 06 March 2011
How lovely to see this pic. Great, great Uncle Bill and Great, great Aunt Sarah. . . . . my grandmother's aunt and uncle! Could that be my wee brother peeping through the wire fence?!
Added by Lisa Mackenzie on 06 March 2011
As a young boy I spent many hours on the snooker tables playing against Roger Robson and John Findlay. Guess my claim to fame we learned Roger Robson to play snooker! obviously did a good job! Costies was a mecca for all us young lads. Cost us a fortune at the time. Remember it was a shilling(5p) for half an hour on the table.
Added by Jack Harcus on 08 March 2011
..... and Costie's ice cream was legendary!
Added by Lisa Mackenzie on 09 March 2011
Really excited to see this, as i have been trying to find a pic of Costies for some time. I used to live in Laverock Rd and spent all my free time playing snooker in Costies, when Bill Smith owned it. Such a happy memory. Thank you for sharing xx
Added by Irene Park (nee Linklater) on 19 January 2012
I remember those days so well. From the left, the people in the foreground are:- J.D.M. (Jock) Robertson; Bill Costie; Elizabeth Hourston (late father was the Optician in Kirkwall); Sarah Costie; Elaine Park (eldest daughter of the famous sportsperson, Anne Park.) The lady on the extreme right is familiar to me although I cannot remember her name. I should think this picture would have been taken around the mid 50s.
Added by Lex Craigie on 24 February 2012
@Lex Craigie; I think you're right about the pic having been taken in the 50s ..... maybe two or three years later than your guess, but not much. I'm only guessing from my memories of Aunt Sarah and Uncle Bill as an 8 or 9 year old ('59/'60. I'm sure my Mum had a (distant) cousin called Jim Craigie - a farmer, married to Molly.....any relation?
Anonymous comment added on 24 February 2012
Sorry, I didn't intend that last comment, for Lex Craigie, to be anonymous. I posted it! (Lisa Mackenzie)
Added by Lisa Mackenzie on 25 February 2012
There used to be a copy of this photo on the wall in Costie's and I think I remember Russell Park saying that he was one of the small boys watching the tennis and the young man in the left foreground was his brother. But I may have remembered that wrong.
Added by Paul Sutherland on 25 February 2012
No, Paul, it is Jock Robertson! Russell's brother, Ronnie, suffered a serious spleen injury playing football from which he subsequently died in late 1940s or early 1950s.
Added by Lex Craigie on 25 February 2012
Lisa. I sent you a short e-mail but, unfortunately, it has been returned. Can you provide me with your present address?
Added by Lex Craigie on 25 February 2012
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