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Egg Box business near Cromarty 'overwhelmed' by support and ready to reopen after damage done


By Hector MacKenzie

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John Gordon with daughters Savannah (9) and Alexa (7).
John Gordon with daughters Savannah (9) and Alexa (7).

A BLACK Isle business which helped put food on people's tables right through the coronavirus crisis is set to reopen after being hit by an intruder who caused thousands of pounds of damage last week.

The Egg Box, near Cromarty, is run by John Gordon whose family has farmed land in the county for generations.

An unsuccessful attempt last week to access takings from a 24-hour egg vending machine, which proved a godsend for many during lockdown, put the business temporarily out of operation – and prompted hundreds of messages of support.

Mr Gordon said: "We collected the new machine and all being well hope to be open again on Friday. I have been overwhelmed by the nice messages.We were really busy during the coronavirus lockdown – there were times there were no eggs in the shops but we always had some thanks to our own laying hens. Up until now we have always been open 24/7."

He said police had been given CCTV footage and said their response had been "excellent".

He said the perpetrator didn't get any money but did cause thousands of pounds of damage.

He joked: "The police are actually good customers and sometimes drop in at night. It was just unfortunate that wasn't one of them."

Not to be deterred, the family have come up with a second-hand machine which should be back in operation today.
Not to be deterred, the family have come up with a second-hand machine which should be back in operation today.

Amongst many voicing support on the business's Facebook page was Lisa Cattanach. She said: "Nice work Gordons. Good people deserve to be overwhelmed with support!"

Deborah Laycock: "Everyone in the central belt of Scotland realises where they are when they see honesty boxes for eggs. The state of this fine nation can be judged by how we treat our egg boxes."

Related: Cromarty brewer thanks public for response following break-in

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