John started his working life at Christies Nurseries in Fochabers in 1952 at the age of 16. He stayed there for four years and then went to work on the Seafield estate in the office.
He did his National Service when he was 21-22 yrs old based at Blanford.
He then decided to train as an engineer, working for Jones of Buckie. He earned £2 a week doing this. His pay went up every year until he was on £6 a week after six years. He also worked for McDuff Engineering Company.
From his youth he remembers being outside a lot and cutting “morning sticks” = kindling to earn pocket money.
Memory contributed by John Smith from Fochabers