Output has vastly increased as well. They are now manufacturing about 15 ton of sweets a week and delivering to places like Stoke on Trent, Mansfield, Sheffield, Birmingham, Leeds and of course locally.
Inflation has taken its toll of prices though. Mr Fred Fravigar explained that about six years ago a three pound bag of sweets was sold to the public for five shillings but now the same bag is sold for about £1.30.
The firm started in 1924 when Fred with the aid of his wife Elsa (77), sold rock on the beaches of Skegness and Mablethorpe.
A man in Boston made the rock for the couple but in 1950 they moved into a building in Thralls Yard, Skegness, and started making their own rock and sweets.
Before 1950 Fred also used to run a haulage business carrying ice from Boston dock and selling it to various people in Skegness.
They became wholesalers and stayed in those premises for 20 years before moving into the new building on Grantham Drive, Skegness.
Fred and Elsa, who live at Ida Road, Skegness, have worked hard all their life and tried their hand at various jobs as well as running the rock factory.
Many years ago Elsa used to run a cafe in Lumley Road where fish, chips and peas cost only 2s 6d.
More than 30 years ago Fred bought a large wooden boat called the Royal Lady and during the summer used it as a pleasure cruiser carrying between 150 and 200 people at a time.
- Three generations of the Fravigar family at their sweet factory on Grantham Drive, Skegness. In the middle Is founder of the company, Fred; on the right Is his son, John, and David, his grandson.
Source: Skegness Standard 11th January 1980
Photo: Lincolnshire Standard Group