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At 91 I am still pals with Helen of Walsall Locks days

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 12, 2014

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IT was lovely to read about Walsall Locks in The Black Country Bugle (June 12 edition).

I worked there from when I was 14 years old in 1936 until 1949, when I left to have my first baby, a boy called Alan.

I was in the press and drilling shop.

The foreman was George Bradbury, his dad also worked there.

They were a nice lot of work mates in our shop. We worked all through the war years from 1939 till 1945.

George Bradbury was strict but they were such happy days.

He married a woman from the office named Ivy Dugmore.

These are some of the girls' names. I don't know how many are still alive, I know three have passed away.

Ann James, my best mate (we are still pals, she's 89 and I'm 91), Helen Cordwell (who married Bill Westley), Rose Cabbel, Irene Merrick, Edith Cooper and her sister Irene, Floss Meads, Nora Jobblin and many more.

There was also Eva London, she was a laugh a minute.

The old factory had the toilets in the yard, and the girls would go down to have a cigarette as this wasn't allowed in the factory. I wonder if anyone kept their invitation card for Mr Gwinnett's 50 years.

I enclose a copy of mine, pictured right.

We had a great night considering the war was still on.

It was hard work but happy days and a smashing lot of people to work with.

Mrs Lily Adams,

12 Mackay Road,


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