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 weeks 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.