Fred’s first job was at the age of 16 in 1940 working at Hayes Lemonade in Lossie Wynd in Elgin, Moray. He worked on the bottle washing machine lifting hot bottles out of a washing tub (no gloves) and putting them into a crate. They dried off and then the bottles were put into a bottle-filling machine. As it came around you took the bottle out of the bottle machine and then put it into another crate. The bottle then went off to the labelling machine. The previous label had come off in the washing process. The neck label was done by hand. It identified the manufacturer.
The factory filled the bottles with lemonade, limeade, cola, ginger beer and orangeade. Most of the production went to the Airforce canteens in the area at Lossiemouth, Kinloss, Pinefield Engineers and Dallachy Bay. Later in the war glass became more expensive.
Fred was called up in 1942 to serve in the Royal Navy. He was posted to the remote location of Butlins Holiday Camp, Skegness (known during the war as HMS Royal Arthur) where he trained to be a signalman.
Memory contributed by Fred Begg, Elgin
HMS Royal Arthur wartime memories project
Information and pictures of HMS Royal Arthur
Dallachy Airfield pictures showing the control towers
War memory of Strike Wing at Dallachy Bay by William Mullen.