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By Black Country Bugle User  |  Posted: February 23, 2006

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We have more memories of a long-established Oldbury firm. This time it is the precision tubing engineers Accles and Pollock, which has been a familiar name in the Black Country since the early 20th century. Ex-employee Jack Hanley of Anchorfields, Kidderminster, has sent in this pair of photographs showing himself and some of his Accles and Pollock colleagues in the 1950s and ’60s.

Jack writes:
“Sorting through some old newspapers and photographs I came across these old pictures.
"I was associated with Accles and Pollock at the Broadwell works for many years from 1946, when I joined after demob. Seeing these old photos stirred up many happy memories. We didn’t earn a lot in those days but we were happy enough, I suppose!”
The first picture shows a group of work mates on their lunch break outside A bay of the OF Department. The photograph would have been taken around 1950. On the back row, from the left, are: Mrs Nellie Hodgetts, Billy Rippin, Harry Russell, Jim Hughes and Bill Morley. Sitting on the front row are: Brian Williams, Harry Dakin, Tony Carpenter, Jack Hanley and Tom Percival. The chap squatting at the front holding the flask is Herbert Clarke.
The second picture comes from the Accles and Pollock Broadwell works magazine "Apollo Magazine”, issue 84, March 1962 (it cost 3d). The picture shows the Broadwell works angling team that reached the semi-final of the Sports Argus Angling Trophy. They lost to the eventual winners, Colebrook, who had won the competition six times before. The semi-final match was fished at Hampton Ferry, Evesham, a little upstream of the ferry. Standing on the back row, from the left, are: Horace Beard, Jack Hanley, Ron Arnold, Horace Bladen, Bill Huckfield, Bill Parkes and Tom Poole junior. On the front row are: Albert Crane, Jim Green, Harry Moore, Tom Poole senior, Harry Parry and Bert Blagdon.

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