Donald Suttie got a lot more than he bargained for when he booked a round of golf for a friend on the Strathtyrum course recently.
As a descendent of the Suttie family who once ran a factory in St Andrews making lemonade, Donald is always on the lookout for anything about the old company which closed down around 60 years ago.
And most of all he has been keen to find one of the original bottles the firm produced but, until recently, his searches had always drawn a blank.
That was until he found himself admiring the displays in the Eden Clubhouse while waiting for his brother-in-law to finish his round of golf.
One of the glass display cases in the clubhouse had a perfectly preserved Sutties Lemonade bottle that St Andrews Links Trust uncovered when they knocked down the starters’ box to install a new one.
“I noticed this bottle but it never registered with me as I had been looking for a coloured bottle and this one was clear.” Donald explained.
“So I sat back down and my wife looked at the displays, noticed the bottle and asked me if I had seen it.
“I was completely shocked - I just couldn’t take it in.
“I couldn’t believe they had found one and put it on display in the first place and then for me to be there and see it was a huge coincidence as I’m not really a golfer.
“Then Euan Loudon and the Links Trust were kind enough to give me the bottle. I can’t thank them enough, that was very good of them.”
The Suttie factory was on Rose Lane, off South Street, and was run as a family business.
Donald believes the company started up in the early 1900s and went on to establish itself as a well known feature in St Andrews for around 50 years.
He thinks it closed at some point in the 1950s when Coca Cola came on the scene and and quickly became the most popular fizzy drink on the market.
That forced out a lot of small independent manufacturers like Sutties who were either bought up by the bigger companies or folded altogether.
And now that he finally has one bottle from the Sutties factory, Donald is hoping someone might come forward to help him fill in the blanks regarding the history of company in St Andrews.
Anyone who has information that might help can contact Donald Suttie at firstname.lastname@example.org.