In pictures: Remembering Scotland's berry picking summers

It shaped the school holidays of thousands of Scots who headed for the fields to pick strawberries and raspberries and earn a pound or two.

Picking strawberries and raspberries shaped the summers of thousands of Scots who took to the fields of the fertile east to earn a pound or two. PIC: One Voice Photograph Collection, Blairgowrie.

Here we look at the families and children who became central to the industry that, at its height, employed around 40,000 people.

Many will remember boarding the early morning 'berry bus' and the long hours in the fields in return for some coins, or a few notes if you were lucky.

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Although conditions could be hard, a day at the berries was, for many, a day out with pals - with your pocket money thrown in at the end.

Picking strawberries and raspberries shaped the summers of thousands of Scots who took to the fields of the fertile east to earn a pound or two. PIC: One Voice Photograph Collection, Blairgowrie.
It was often a family affair in the berry fields with parents and their young often travelling to Fife, Angus and Perthshire from the Central Belt for the chance of summer work. PIC: One Voice Photo Collection, Blairgowrie
It was in Blairgowrie - known as Berry Town - where Scotlands soft fruit industry was born in the early 1900s with Fife and Angus also becoming key picking areas. PIC: One Voice Photograph Collection, Blairgowrie.
Travellers were an essential part of the workforce but the whole community was involved in the seasonal effort. PIC: One Voice Photograph Collection, Blairgowrie.
Some berry bosses around Blairgrowrie moved to create a respectable class of picker with a campaign to attract women and children from the city. PIC: One Voice Photograph Collection, Blairgowrie.
'Tin City' was set up as a result, where 1,500 pickers slept in dormitories at Essendy near Blairgowrie. PIC: One Voice Photograph Collection, Blairgowrie.
At one time, there were around 40,000 people working as pickers during the summer in Tayside and Fife alone. PIC: One Voice Photograph Archive, Blairgowrie.
"As long as you picked clean - that was always the mantra, to pick clean - you could work on as much as you liked," recalled one berry farmer from the Blairgowrie area. PIC: One Voice Photograph Collection, Blairgowrie.
Children would often be sent to the berries to get the money to buy their school uniform for the next term. PIC: One Voice Photograph Collection.
Children enjoy their lunch at Rosemount Berries near Blairgowrie in 1955. PIC: One Voice Photograph Collection, Blairgowrie.
Pickers at the Co-operative Farm, Rosemount, Blairgowrie in the mid-1950s. Many pickers from the Central Belt stayed at the end of the season. PIC: One Voice Photograph Collection, Blairgowrie.
Children at their accommodation huts at the old Co-op farm at the Hill of Lethendy in Perthshire. PIC: One Voice Photograph Collection, Blairgowrie.