Duncan's Wallnut Whips on the EdinPhoto web site
reminds me of the days before Health and Safety stopped factory
School Visits by Hired
the late-1940s, my
Musselburgh Grammar School primary school class had two afternoon visits.
One was to
Duncan's Chocolate factory
The other was to
Edinburgh & Dumfriesshire Dairy,
Both visits were by a hired private tram. This
was quite exciting as all our trams from Musselburgh only went to the Post
Office via Regent Road (Rout 21) but for these visits we went straight
ahead at Abbeyhill onto London Road, but where
we went after that I cannot remember as I have forgotten where the two
favourite for visits was to see the newspapers being printed,
and I particularly remember a visit to
production one evening when I was on a National Commercial Bank of
Scotland residential course in November 1964, staying the Ramsay Lodge in
Ramsay Garden which the Bank then owned.
These were still the days of 'hot metal' and it was fascinating to watch
the paper being set up and watching the massive presses start to roll
while a fleet of vans waited outside to rush the bundles of papers off,
many to Waverley Station for the overnight trains North, West and South."
"On that same
course we went to a biscuit
factory where we were
particularly fascinated by the Jaffa Cake production which involved the
cakes being turned over a number of times at high speed.
After all this time I cannot remember
which factory this would have been. Hopefully,
someone can help!"
Alan Grieve, Minehead, Somerset, England: November 20, 2013