At the heart of the town for over 150 years, Inverurie Paper Mill was once one of Aberdeenshire’s largest employers.
With a lucrative turnover, it contributed just under £40million a year to the region’s economy before it was shut down in 2009.
Like every traditional trade, the paper mill had its highs and lows as new technology and a nationwide recession contributed to redundancies, staff demonstrations and the factory’s eventual closure.
The industrial revolution saw the business become completely electrified with two large steam engines that were fed by atomised coal boilers in use until 1953.
By 1994, investment in the mill had declined substantially, but it still ran 24 hours a day, 365 days, and accommodated 510 jobs.
Fifteen years later the outlet was closed after being watched over by five generations of the Tait family – these pictures show the work of the mill in years gone by.
70 firemen and five engines battled the flames that soared 30ft into the air.
Steven Ord and Joe Murray who worked at the mill were gearing up to tear through a one tonne roll of paper on Bruce Forsyth’s TV show, You Bet.