50 YEARS AGO A place for pal­lets and a wasp in­va­sion

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

If Cri­eff Town Coun­cil agree to sup­ply hard stand­ing at a site at the Muthill av­enue, Mr Ge­orge Kirkham will bring his pal­let-mak­ing fac­tory to Cri­eff.

Mr Kirkham, who em­ploys over 100 peo­ple at his fac­tory at Mersey­side and wants to build an­other in Scot­land, told the Strat­hearn Her­ald that noth­ing had been de­cided but ev­ery­one was be­ing very help­ful.

He said that the site at the sta­tion goods yard was out, un­less the pro­posed hospi­tal was going to be built else­where, for his was a noisy busi­ness with power saws and plan­ing ma­chines. An al­ter­na­tive site on the other side of Duch­lage Road was also un­suit­able. He re­quires two acres of hard stand­ing with a fur­ther ad­join­ing acre into which he can ex­pand.

It’s wasps, wasps, wasps ev­ery­where in Auchter­arder th­ese days.

The un­usu­ally hot sum­mer, fol­lowed by a warm, wet spell has brought them stag­ger­ing out from the fruit trees and hedgerows to the cold rains in their re­bel­lious thou­sands.

Mr and Mrs Wil­liam Crich­ton of Belvidere Lane thought they were hav­ing more than their fair share of the in­sects.

An in­spec­tion of their at­tic re­vealed a gi­gan­tic bike (nest) mea­sur­ing five feet in cir­cum­fer­ence.

Town fore­man, Mr Tom Chalmers, sealed off the at­tic and poured poi­son gas and con­ster­na­tion into the in­vaders’ ranks. “It’s eas­ily the big­gest bike I’ve ever seen,” he ex­claimed.

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