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Dunning's History Now - April 2012

Local Business Photo Survey
(April to November 2011)

We tried to make a photographic record of all the local businesses in operation today. For each business, we wanted a photograph of the premises, with the owner/manager and some of the staff. Ideally we wanted to imitate the Victorian format of a fairly formal pose rather than casual or action shots, though we sometimes took such photos in addition to the formal one. We hoped the photos would form a potentially very interesting and useful record for the future.

Initially we expected to find about 30 businesses in Dunning Parish but by the time we closed the project we had identified over 100 and photographed around 80 of them. During that time some of the first ones ceased to trade or changed ownership, and some new ones started up. Below is small example of the results.

Dunning's smallest business
Our smallest business: A local handyman who
has no premises except his mobile phone.
Dunning's largest business
The village's largest business:
The Scottish Butcher.
Dunning's author
A well-travelled author.
a manufacturer's office
a very wet day to shoot a specialist metal
parts fabricator's office.
a fruit grower
One of our raspberry and strawberry farms.
They employ large numbers of seasonal staff.
gathering the harvest
One of several local farmers.
Dunning's general store
Our General Store and Post Office.
A famous hostelry
One of our three pubs.
Garden machinery shop
Garden machinery supplied and maintained.
Dunning Caravan Park
Caravan park and trout farm.

Within the village we have builders, electricians, plumbers, painter and decorators, gardeners, window cleaners, architects, artists in several different fields, shop, pub, hotel and B&B keepers, a pre-school, and other less common professions. The wider Dunning Parish includes a radio broadcaster and a soil recycler as well as the expected farmers, horse breeders, agricultural engineers and others.
Notable by its absence is a garage or petrol station (ours having closed several years ago).

We included in our survey a number of businesses which support Dunning though having head offices elsewhere, such as the Church, the mobile bank (Fridays), the mobile library (Tuesdays) the Royal Mail and the bus service.

No doubt most small Scottish village will have a similar mix of local businesses.

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