Haulage firm flew the flag for Maddiston

The old Smiths yard which is now the fire service's headquarters
The old Smiths yard which is now the fire service's headquarters

As you pass through Maddiston you’ll notice the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service headquarters next to the police station in Main Road.

It hasn’t always been in the hands of the service as the land was once owned by a well-known haulage company, according to Maddiston historian David Leask, who knows a thing or two about the area’s history.

J & A Smith of Maddiston took the name of Maddiston around Europe and further afield in the 1960s.

The firm began in the early 1930s when James Smith paid £75 for a second-hand lorry.

The company went on to employ around 1000 staff, owned 10 different companies and ran 450 lorries and 600 trailers.

Smith sold the business in 1968 and, following resulting takeovers, the name ‘Smiths of Maddiston’ sadly disappeared.