PART III: 1950 - 1990

in 1967 with Galashiels and Jedburgh to form the Border Regional Co-operative Society Ltd. The merger now extends as far south as Coldstream but the 'Peebles Co-op' of between the wars, with its many departments and two branch shops in the town, was a major supplier of most of the personal and household necessities. Today it only retails furniture, electrical and fancy goods.

The changed scene includes the disappearance from the town of the Buttercup Dairy, at 50 High Street; Sam Ferguson, at 23 Eastgate (grocers); Henderson & Jardine, at 5 Northgate (grocers); Harris & Johnson, at 59 Northgate (cooked meats); Frank Hogg, at 53 Northgate (grocers); and Scott & Rutherford, 16 High Street (grocers). But a new generation of businesses have come into being: Gateway, the major supermarket in the Northgate; J.& S. Ruffell at 3 Glen Road, Rosetta Road and Dalatho Street (Spar grocers); T. & F. Greenshiels, at 1 Waverley Way (grocer); and Borthwick, in the Northgate (grocers).

A major new business initiative that showed Peebles had not lost its enterpreneurial spirit, is well demonstrated by Graham McGrath. In 1949, when he returned from serving during the war with the Grenadier Guards, he used his modest capital to acquire a car and, having successfully obtained an agency with a tailoring firm in Leeds, he set about obtaining orders. This necessitated many evenings touring round Nissen hut encampments in Scotland where Poles, Ukranians and other nationals had made a temporary home, and measuring between six and fifteen men every night. Although Graham McGrath acquired premises in the Northgate in 1950, for the next two years or so he continued to develop the business by providing a service to the various Displaced Person Camps. He describes how 'suits kept arriving for the men I had measured, so I was out in the evenings and weekends delivering them and I couldn't resist measuring more.' His local business turnover also began to increase as many young men came to take advantage of the 'club' facilities which enabled them to have made-to-measure suits, jackets and trousers.

Newtongrange was the location of Graham McGrath's first shop outside of Peebles, which he bought in 1953 and sold in 1969. He opened up other shops: Penicuik, 1958; Dalkeith, 1961; Morningside, Edinburgh, 1968; St Andrews, 1975; Haddington, 1978; and Bridge of Allan, 1987. The Peebles business was moved from his shop in the