Har­vest Home

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - COMMENT -

“Har­vest is now all but over for an­other sea­son,” writes Bar­bara Kennedy of For­far. “In the not too dis­tant past, many farms cel­e­brated with a Har­vest Home dance, where the farmer, along with em­ploy­ees and helpers, had an evening to­gether.

“The Har­vest Home on the right was at Crans­ley Farm in 1955. Mt hus­band’s par­ents lived and worked there at this time and al­ways at­tended th­ese oc­ca­sions. This one was held in the loft of the steading.

“The farm grieve, who is sit­ting, bot­tom left , is Dave Web­ster and it was he who built the minia­ture grain-stack. Stand­ing be­hind him is the farmer’s daugh­ter, Mar­jery Bell. Some of your read­ers may be able to name some of the oth­ers and also the ac­cor­dion­ist. My hus­band thinks he may have been a mem­ber of the Hawthorn dance band.

“I won­der if Har­vest Homes are still held in some places to­day.”

“I was later to find out that amongst other things, our main car­goes were bring­ing pit props over from Nor­way to Scot­land.

“She was owned by Salvese, 29 Bernard Street, Leith. I was on that ship for over a year and the ‘Old Man’ (Cap­tain) told me he would have liked to have taken me with him on his next ship which was a two year trip to the whal­ing.

“How­ever, as I was only on a boy’s wage, he would be do­ing me an in­jus­tice as I would be due a pro­mo­tion shortly, which would, of course, mean more wages for me.

“The SS Folda’s sis­ter ship, the SS Tronda, was the ship they used in the mak­ing of the film Hell Be­low Zero with Stan­ley Baker and Alan Ladd. I have seen the film many times and it brings back happy mem­o­ries of my first ship.

“I never did a trip on a steam ship again so I think the SS Folda must have been one of the last steam ships around too. I am pretty sure she was scrapped not long af­ter I left her.” ● their first church was built in the loft of Brown and Al­lan’s Seabraes spin­ning mill. The Rev Roxburgh went on to be­come min­is­ter of Free St John’s Glas­gow, and served as mod­er­a­tor of the Free Church of Scot­land in 1867.”

A Har­vest Home at Crans­ley Farm. The pic­ture was taken in 1955. See more on the left.

“Spot­ted on the links,” says a reader. “Any good for the fry­ing pan?”

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