Laurieston’s Henry had a lot of bottle

Aitken's Brewery in Falkirk's Newmarket Street produced award winning ales
Aitken's Brewery in Falkirk's Newmarket Street produced award winning ales

Henry Taylor contacted the Falkirk Herald after reading Ian Scott’s article on Aitken’s Brewery.

Mr Taylor, from Laurieston, has connections with the Falkirk brewery, with his mother Elizabeth Taylor working in the bottling hall during the late 1940s and early 1950s and he too went on to work at the famous ale producer.

Mr Taylor said: “I started work in the brewery office, above what is now The Goose public house, in 1955, as an office boy then progressed to the bulk beer dispatch department, ticketing the casks in the cellars.

“The casks were then transported to the Pie Office Pub, which was under The Steeple, and the Callendar Arms, now called the Callendar Tavern.”

Mr Taylor then progressed to the bottle beer accounts department where he worked until 1958, leaving to do his two years National Service.

He returned to Aitken’s in 1960 and worked as a licenced trade stock taker, carrying out stock counts in pubs like the Elphinstone Arms and the Swan Inn.

He added: “I left in 1962 when the brewery was first taken over by a Canadian company who made the mistake, in my opinion, of changing the name of Aitken’s Bottle Export, the best bottle of beer in Britain at the time, to Piper Export.

“Subsequently it then became part of Tennant Caledonian Breweries in Glasgow.”