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Strawberry picking

Posted by Brian Balshaw on July 27, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Somerset is a great place for fruit growing but does anyone remember strawberry picking as an organised variation on sports day activities? I'm talking 1958, and it seemed like a good idea at the time. It must have been the supplementing of income which was the attraction but I've no idea by how much or where we were taken to do this new back-breaking occupation.

I imagine the growers had only to ring the camp and guarantee to get a few unsuspecting lads!

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7 Comments

Reply Barry Foster
2:37 AM on March 28, 2015 
i was 95th entry. One time we went strawberry picking and were given the boot because we were eating more than we were picking. Didn't really matter cause on the drive back to camp we came upon a overturned lorry loaded with strawberries, so we picked up all we could and made wages flogging them on camp
Reply Angus Wallace
5:07 AM on August 8, 2014 
pennyred says...
YES I WENT STRAWBERRY PICKING TO BOOST MY INCOME !!
Reply pennyred
3:01 PM on April 16, 2012 
YES I WENT STRAWBERRY PICKING TO BOOST MY INCOME !!
Reply Frank Lynch
3:54 PM on November 9, 2011 
I remember when at the camp in the 70's the next train to arrive at the guard room was to the comercial mushroom farm.... picking mushrooms after work. Well it was sold to me because the bus was mostly full of girls going to the farm.....and well...they paid you to go, pick mushrooms, and chat up the girls.

What a life...............
Reply Ralph
10:51 AM on September 6, 2011 
Remember it well. In fact I picked strawberries in order to buy the engagement ring for my wife. We used to go on "Sports Afternoon". Somewhere near the Cheddar Gorge I believe although not sure. This was in 1958 and 1959. My buddies and I used to drive out there and pick as long as possible. I was kinda used to it 'cause we (My Family) used to grow strawberries and send them off to market on the trains to London.
Reply Brian Balshaw
2:51 PM on July 28, 2011 
Thanks for the confirmation, I knew I wasn't dreaming this! I doubt we were allowed an all-day picking stint but you obviously made the most of your shift system. Now I know the equipment didn't repair itself!
Regards
Reply Alan F Doney.
4:59 PM on July 27, 2011 
I well remember.I was Permanent Staff in 2T Block [email protected] Consoles for some 9 Years, exc. Mech and Fitter Courses. I worked almost permanent Evening Shift 1600 to 2359 hrs.removing Instructor left faults and getting equipment to operational standards for the next day training. In the Summer Strawberry season each year I was off to Cheddar for 8am and back to Camp for 1600hrs evening shift.Being married , and for some three years under 21
and married with NO Marriage allowance in those days the extra loot was a godsend. I also worked for [email protected] Wells plucking Chickens. Also @Victoria Garage in Alfred Street on the Petrol Pumps @Weekends and then with Currys in the Shop and Van Deliveries during the Day and back to Camp for 4pm evening shift. Those were the days.