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Busy bees at work in a Bilston staff canteen nearly fifty years ago

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

By Dan Shaw

  • Canteen staff at the Albert Street, Bilston, works of Joseph Sankey and Sons. From left, Mrs Bowkley, Mrs Wilkinson, Mrs Guest, Mrs Cummings, Mrs Silitoe, Miss Holmes, Mrs Long, Mrs Ellam and Mrs Neretnieks

  • Mrs Everitt, Mrs Yorke and Miss Holmes

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THIS picture of canteen staff at the well-known Sankey Albert Street works in Bilston comes from the works magazine, Sphinx, from Summer 1966, which has been loaned to us by Terry and Pat Jordan of Coseley.

The original article reads:

"We caught the girls of the kitchen staff at Bilston's Albert Street works hard at it as usual. They were busy preparing the meals for the day, in the knowledge that just as much good food as the day before was required. Mrs Dorothy Bartley (nine years with the company) was slicing up delicious leeks for the soup, while Mrs Violet Long (six years) was engrossed in some other vital culinary task.

"Busy as bees all around were Mrs Vera Ellam (two years), Mrs Trudy Guest (two years), Mrs Joan Everitt (five years), Mrs Emmie York (two years), Mrs Sybil Jephson and Mrs Evelyn Neretnieks.

"Just as busy were the manageress Mrs C. Wootton, Evelyn Stanton, with eight years' service, Lottie Wilkinson, who has 19 years to her credit, and the 'head girl' of them all, Miss Dolly Holmes, now with a service record running into its twenty-first year.

"A pat on the back must go to them all, for the fine and friendly service they give to all who have the pleasure of dining at their canteen."

Did you work at Albert Street and what are your memories of the canteen? Do you remember any of these ladies pictured almost 50 years ago? Please share your memories or any pictures you may have, contact dshaw@black countrybugle.co.uk or write to our editorial address.

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