"In the Old days the farmers used
to hire extra squads of workers to help with the harvest on the
farm, and the Pringle family would be no exception.
During the War it was the P.O.W.'s that got that privilege.
I met a lot of them at the farm.
In the 60's, 70's and 80's most
farmers hired the 'Irish Tattie Hawkin Squads'. Thats what
they were called. and it was from Ireland that Wimpey got most of
their Workers as they advertised in the Irish Papers for them. The
Wimpey tale I know about as I used to work with Wimpey at an open
cast near Cumnock, first as a tyre Fitter and later on as a drill
operator on a 42 ton rig, but that's another story.
Matt Rooney, Ayrshire Scotland:
June 4, 2006