Margaret started work at Peter Taylor’s grocery shop because her sister already worked there. She was 15 years old and it was 1966. She worked on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Sundays a half day. She got £1 for Saturdays and 10/- for the half day.
Her job included stocking the shelves. Slicing ham on a machine and using a cheese wire to cut the cheese. The cheese was wrapped in greaseproof paper. People put in orders and then a message boy took the completed order out on his bike. This meant the shop ran a credit system and people were trusted to come in promptly to settle their bills. Some people were better than others at doing this. The Walkers shop was in the same place it is now and it sold bread and cakes.
The Orphanage had its own school. Only the o’level children came to the Aberlour High School.
Each Saturday night they got a bag of sweeties from Mrs Taylor as they finished work.
Memory contributed by Margaret Meldrum from Aberlour at the Aberlour Orphanage Reunion In Aberlour (September 2012)
Presentation to Provost Peter Taylor