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Accles and Pollock workers retire after 75 years combined service

By Black Country Bugle User  |  Posted: October 12, 2006

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We have further photographs from an old copy of the Accles and Pollock works magazine, Apollo, following a picture we printed of A & P telephonists in last week’s issue.

The magazine, from March 1967, has been loaned to us by Roy Hill, from Stourport-on-Severn. Roy was born and raised in Blackheath and he has a large collection of Black Country material. These photographs show two A & P workers on their retirement. The first two show Sam Shakespeare on his last day at work in the A & P smithy after 47 years’ service to the company - in one he is striking his last piece of hot metal, alongside his colleague Arthur Thompson; in the second Sam is with his workmates and the transistor radio they gave him as a retirement present.

The third picture shows Len Williams on his retirement. Len was a turner in the toolroom of the central workshop and he had worked their for 28 years. He is shown with a group of his workmates, including Sid Smallwood and Ben Green, holding a calendar and pointing to the day he retired. Len was presented with a clock as his retirement present.

Other retirements listed in the issue were C. H. Rock, 46 years’ service Paddock Mills; W. Goodall, 47 years’ service Paddock Mills; J. T. Priest, 4 years’ service Paddock Mills; A. R. Moseley, 30 years service GM; L. G. Green, 37 years’ service Broadwell; G. Daniels, 25 years’ service Broadwell; J. J. Huckfield, 49 years’ service Broadwell; J. Rose 19 years’ service Broadwell; A. E. Jones, 15 years’ service Broadwell; J. Scarlett, 18 years’ service Broadwell; W. G. Bell, 9 years’ service Broadwell; A. Coley, 14 years’ service Broadwell; Alice M. Hanley, 41 years’ service Broadwell; R. Lawton, 32 years’ service Paddock Wages; H. L. Tinsley, 33 years’ service Warehouse; and R. J. Jones, 16 years’ service TIST.

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