My very good history colleague Robert Stewart told me recently about a carving that was part of the stonework on the Co-op’s former central premises on Glasgow Road, near Herberston Street.
Robert said, “Carved on the corner of the building was a skep (pictured). A straw beehive, with lots of bees flying around it. All worker bees work hard for the good of the hive and the co-op expected their workers to work hard for the good of the company. I often thought if any of the coal masters had used the bee hive as a company symbol, it would have been to remind their workers that bees worked themselves to death for the good of the hive.”
Can anybody remember this carving although a I appreciate a photo is a long shot!
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