Roger Smart was head of a business that relied on Polish immigrants to enter/re-enter the UK with loads of fruits and vegetables that could be supplied to large supermarkets. Poles would come into and out of the UK to visit friends as well as bringing those vast quantities of fruits and vegetables before returning after a day or two.
One of the Poles, Janek Wozniak, really enjoyed travelling on a ferry from Dieppe in France over to Newhaven, quite close to Brighton. On arrival there, Janek would be met by an old friend of his, also Polish, who would drive him and the boxes of Polish fruit and veg to the Brighton Open Market. Once there, offers would be made to make some very attractive rates for all their various boxes. Hence Janek would take his money, exchange it into Polish zloty before being driven back to Newhaven for a ferry trip to Dieppe with supposedly empty boxes.
Towards the end of October one year, Roger Smart decided to visit the Brighton Open Market to meet the Polish deliverer of fruit and veg that his company relied on to build their stocks for several supermarket chains. He asked a staff member there to give him the boxes that Janek Wozniak had supposedly delivered the previous day. On being given seven large boxes, he opened them all to find nothing but plastic cartons all filled with illegal drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, and others. This was clearly the dark side of his Polish fruit and vegetable business.
As a young lad only seven-years old, John spent his August summer holidays every year on the Isle of Skye. His grandfather owned a former hotel with 12 bedrooms, spacious living rooms and a garden of several acres. It was situated quite close to the sea but behind the estate was a beautiful mountain over 2500 feet tall, named Beinn Na Caillich.
Each year John was there on Skye, he kept practising his walking abilities until one year he was attracted to climb Beinn Na Caillich. Although he only went up about a quarter of the mountain’s height on his first trip, he was determined to climb to the top one year. On each successive holiday, he improved slightly but was still nowhere near the summit. By the time he became a teenager, his ambition was to reach the top as his personal goal with a peak performance.
When Granddad learnt about John’s goal, he recruited a local villager, Jock MacKay, to help him. Since Jock was also his gardener, John had the benefit of improving his climbing skills to reach higher levels. As well as Jock helping him to climb better, he also encouraged John to do some gardening with him. This kept him busy and improved a variety of other skills, such as digging and planning the layout of the vegetables, fruit trees, and shrubs. But during the year in which he had his sixteenth birthday, John developed a verruca on his left foot.
“If you want to reach your peak performance as soon as possible, get climbing Beinn Na Caillich again,” suggested Jock. “It will also definitely help your verruca.”
John did as he was told and continued to improve by getting closer and closer to the summit. Finally, on his last day on Skye that year, he reached his peak performance by reaching the top of Beinn Na Caillich. He immediately waved his walking cane in the hope that Jock might see him.
On reaching his grandfather’s garden again, John found Jock picking some black currents and gooseberries.
“Well done, John. I saw you reach your goal and I hope you are very pleased to have achieved your peak performance.”
“Thank you very much, “replied John. “Not only was it a peak performance for me, but I have also lost my verruca.”
“That is what I hoped when I named the mountain: Benn Na Verruca,” winked Jock, “Which is my peak performance!”