Find attached the aerial photograph (below) of a job I had 35 years ago with the Potato Marketing Board. New technology allowed us to check potato quotes from the office using black and white images of flight paths across Fife. There was a narrow window when potato crops looked unique. These images were a real distraction with all sorts of other interesting features, ancient building, castles, dovecotes, trails over rough ground and hills, and most of the entire long-gone coal bings (waste tips). Fife had rich coal deposits which helped power the nation and the bings towered majestically in the sky, some menacingly over local communities. Some would flair up giving off dense smoke and obnoxious smells. It was sad in a sense to see them disappear, but it did improve the environment. The collapse of the open cast industry has left us with another scar for future generations to resolve.
John Marshall, File