Grants in appeal to workers

As they prepare to celebrate half a century of business at the Grangestone Industrial Site, Grants is appealing for help.

That’s because they are preparing to launch an anniversary book filled with stories of employee’s time working at the plant.

So if you have ever worked at the distillery be it as a cooper, caterer, still man, secretary, warehouse worker or a wort supervisor, then Grants wants to hear from you.

The family owned William Grant and Son are a major employer in the area and are planning a number of celebrations to mark 50 years at the Grangestone Industrial site.

Locals stories will be displayed on a ‘tree of memories’ installation and published in a book full of memorable stories which will form part of the company archive for generations to come.

Daytime and evening celebrations are also being planned at the site to thank the many local people who have contributed over the last half century to create the global South Ayrshire success story that is Grant’s whisky.

The Girvan distillery sprung into operation in 1963, the brainchild of William Grant’s great-grandson, Charles.

A highly personal project, it was just a year in construction and during the build he became so involved, that he was frequently seen cycling around the site, personally checking each and every minute detail.

When the distillery was finally completed, Charles’ bicycle was fixed to one of Girvan’s grain towers as a memento.

Today, Grant’s sells over 54 million bottles each year in over 180 countries, making it one of the world’s most popular Scotch whiskies.

Stuart Watts, the Girvan Distillery Manager, commented on the anniversary; “Every single person who has worked here over the past 50 years has helped make Grant’s the success it is today and we want to make sure every Grant’s hero has their moment in the spotlight.”

George Black, Grant’s employee from 1964-2005, dedicated his whole career to the Girvan Distillery:

“I started at Grant’s cleaning windows, but soon got into the whisky making – first in the warehouses, then the mill house and finally with the stills, where I stayed for 38 years.”

The Girvan distillery currently employs 174 people and alongside Grant’s whisky also produces Hendrick’s, the world’s leading super premium gin.

Anyone wishing to submit a story to the Girvan Distillery memory book is invited to write to or by letter to: Deborah Lynch, Girvan Distillery, Grangestone Industrial Estate, Girvan, Ayrshire Scotland, KA26 9PT.