by Councillor Tom Wilson,
Chairman, East Lothian District Council
The Prestonpans Local History Week was a unique event, intended
the unique story of a town with a proud past.
Hundreds of enthusiastic Tans folk turned out during that
one week in April 1986 to view the exhibition on 800 years
of Prestonpans history, to hear the fascinating historical
talks, and to take part in the guided tours, concert night
and other local events.
The huge success of the week took
all of those involved in its organisation by surprise. It
was an event which captured the imagination and interest
of all the townsfolk, from the youngest schoolchildren who
portrayed their ideas of the Prestonpans of old in their
drawings and paintings, to the oldest citizens who shared
with us their memories of bygone days.
When we called upon some of these
people to put pen to paper and record their memories of
the Prestonpans that was, we never imagined for a moment
that each entry received would be of such outstanding quality.
In recognising this high standard, the Library Service of
East Lothian District Council agreed to compile this booklet
to give you the opportunity to read for yourself these memories
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy, as much as I have, reading
this collection of stories from a town full of pride for its
past and promise for its future.