Cadco & Glenrothes 50 Years Ago Drop in Day at Archive

Archived news: published on Tuesday 28 May 2013 by Fife Council

Cadco Piggery Units at Whitehill Glenrothes

Cadco Piggery Units at Whitehill Glenrothes

On Thursday 30th May we will be holding a Drop in Day at the Fife Council Archive Centre in Markinch from 10am to 4pm. Feel free to drop in to find out more about the records we look after.

We will have a small display about Cadco based on records, photographs and an oral history interview from the archive of the Glenrothes Development Corporation. So if you can remember Cadco please come along and share your memories with us.

On 28th May 1963 Cadco Development Ltd held a press conference in Edinburgh to announce that they were bringing 2,000 jobs to Glenrothes. They were going to take 3 factories on the Queensway Industrial Estate. They were going to open pig breeding units at Whitehill and a supermarket in the Town Centre.

The film star George Sanders was a director. The other Board members were Sanders’ wife Benita Hume, Denis Loraine and Tom Roe. Denis Loraine soon persuaded the Development Corporation that the construction work should be carried out by Cadco’s own building company. The Cadco Building Company opened a depot in Kirkcaldy.

Cadco was just one of the good news stories for Glenrothes in 1963. Sandusky and J B Butchart & Sons were also attracted to the town. Existing firms like Anderson Boyes, Beckman Instruments Ltd and Hughes were doing well. The first festival week was held in Glenrothes that June. The sun shone on large crowds at the opening ceremony and at the fancy dress parade that ended the week. Building work on the new Town Centre was nearly finished.

By May 1964 Cadco were confident that their factories would soon start production. But by October all work had stopped because the Cadco Building Company had not paid its sub-contractors and suppliers.  It turned out that the money the Development Corporation had paid to Cadco for building work had been used instead to help the failing Royal Victoria Sausages Company.

As the hoped for jobs evaporated, the Development Corporation, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Board of Trade all had to explain how they been taken in by Denis Loraine and Cadco. But the Development Corporation and the town managed to bounce back. The Corporation attracted other industries to take over the empty factory units. But Cadco will always be part of the history of Glenrothes.

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