The Marston family were traditionally supporters of the temperance movement and disapproved of drinking but despite this it was felt as everyone worked so hard – including Saturdays there was a need for everyone to let their hair down so during the 1930’s the ‘beano’ was introduced.
Only male employees were invited – the women in the office went out for a far more sedate lunch. The beano's became fairly well oiled events so in order to keep track of everyone, they all wore red and cream rosettes pinned to their best suit . A trip to the seaside paid for by the boss was a real treat and everyone wore new caps for the occasion – most of which were lost during the day.
The return from the summer beano to France in 1938 witnessed by Elsie Marston is now part of family and company legend as she watched men staggering off the ferry in Folkestone Harbour she remarked that they could not possibly be Marston men . When she realised they were indeed Marston men and one Alf Beaton was so completely legless that he was carried off the ferry on a ladder .
Due to the 'holidays with pay' scheme introduced in the 1950s’ and the general move away from direct employees to sub contracting the last ‘beano’ was held in August 1978