From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes

Sentinel Sounds and Station 33

As well as highlighting concerns and campaigning on local issues, the Sentinel documented life over the years in Wester Hailes in all sorts of ways.  A common theme from nearly the beginning of the newspaper was its music column which looked at the chart toppers but also championed new music. 

photo by Kevin Walsh 2002

The Sentinel also promoted local bands like Station 33 who were all students at the WHEC during 2001-2002.  They were first featured in the Sentinel after they had made it to the last 100 of a major BBC competition talent search that auditioned more than 2,000 other acts.  They went on to play a series of local gigs.  You can read about their story here in Sentinel August 2001 and Sentinel March 2002

 The Sentinel’s music column altered in shape and tastes over the years depending on who was writing it.  We’ve brought you a selection of what was featured over the decades.  So if you were a vinyl junkie it will be a trip down memory lane.  If you’re from a slightly younger age bracket you may wonder what a 45 was or for that matter a 33⅓!  Click on the links below to see what was happening music wise in Wester Hailes.

March 1979

April 1980

August 1984

October 1994


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