What a Fizzy Time!

As we gathered inside, trying to remove the Scottish freeze from our veins, the excitement reached fever-pitch. Especially when we were told that we could wear high visibility jackets. Once we had donned the bright yellow coat, we were ushered over to seats which were situated in front of a projector. For ten minutes, there was total silence as the workings of a factory were displayed before us. After this, our tour guide Joanne spoke to us about how bottles are made and what is done with the waste. Once this, along with our inquisitive questions, was out of the way, Joanne led us up an ice-cold staircase and onto the walkway that overlooked the factory.

The factory itself has four manufacturing lines. The one which we visited was known as manufacturing line seven.
As we stood above the manufacturing line, we could see thousands of Cola bottles whizzing by. Joanne explained to us what each section of the factory did, and it was something which we needed to keep fresh in our minds for much later. Eventually, after waving to the workers as we walked along the walkway, we arrived in a small room with a fridge, a couple of tables and a projector. Joanne, very kindly, held open the door to the fridge and allowed us to remove one carton of Capri Sun each. We were seated at the circular tables, and given a pen and paper. We were then given the task of naming all the different parts of the factory. When Joanne marked our finished work she told us that we had the highest scores yet! Score one for Kirky High!
With this over, we were then escorted back out of the factory and herded onto the bus. We began the long journey home, munching away at our food, watching the white snow melt and discussing our time at the factory.
Kirsten Bain, with input from Gemma Innes and Brian Holmes.
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