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I love this one… Eddie’s van. Eddie had a butcher and grocery van which covered Aultbea and surrounding areas, covering the communities where it wasn’t so easy to get to a shop, and he always came to Granny Mellon’s house. I loved seeing Eddie’s van pull up – we (as kids) always made a run for it with our pocket money to see what sweeties we could get! Looking at it now, it looks so much like Postman Pat’s van!

Eddie was such a cheerful and friendly man, always smiling (that I remember) and I loved listening to the banter that went on between him and ‘the grown ups’ – laughter and nonsense. And of course the main event of the day, getting a quarter of cola cubes, or pear drops, or whatever retro sweetie took our fancy.

Do you remember having any other mobile shops visit you? We remember Brucie’s van too (Bruce Munlochy and his treasure trove – his van seemed much bigger!). He was a lovely man, always wore a suit – “a wee bit like Mr Benn without the bowler hat”. I remember choosing some shoes for school, changing my mind and then instantly regretting it as he drove off…

Happy days… These services were much more than just a business – they provided a much needed service as well as connection and community spirit, a place to chat and laugh and get the local news.