From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes

Pages from the Past


What was happening in Wester Hailes 32 years ago?  The Sentinel Newspaper reported on local issues and was owned and managed by the people of Wester Hailes.  Headlines for August 1978 include

Good Luck

The Wester Hailes Education Centre opened its doors for the first time on the 21st August 1978.  Do you remember that first term at the WHEC?  Perhaps you were amongst the first pupils to attend. 

 Youth Forum

The Youth Forum organised a programme of activities for young people but it also worked to have the views of young people heard in the community.  Do you remember taking part in the Youth Forum?

Around The Areas

The Sentinel publicised community activity in the different local neighbourhoods.  Did you belong to one of the groups mentioned? 

Police Station for Wester Hailes

After several years of campaigning by local groups, the Sentinel reported that a police station was going to be located in the area.  Do you recognise the proposed site?

Mick McCormack Rides Again

The Sentinel reported on a fundraising event that crossed the city, ending up at Port Seton.  Did you take part in the challenge or go over to Port Seton as part of the welcoming party? 

August 1978 Sentinel pages


2 thoughts on “Pages from the Past

  1. What a fantastic piece of work. Great idea.

  2. Well done …to all those that put this project together.I hope it unlocks many peoples memories…good and bad.
    PS I hope this is brought to Mick McCormack’s attention.Mick ……it was good to have to have a “blether ” when we met recently.CC