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Happy days in West Bromwich as workers went on holiday

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

  • Can any reader put names to these Salter Springs staff at the top, above left and above right. Below is the works team called Salter's Spring Road

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OVER the past few weeks I have read with some interest the articles in The Bugle on Salter Springs.

I myself joined the aforementioned company in late 1957 in the automatic coiling section.

With regard to the letter regarding Mr Pat Brown, I myself went on a spring design course with among others Frank Waters.

He went on to enter management with A.P.Spring in Swan Lane; Crescent Spring in Great Bridge Street and Spring Developments, now alas all long gone.

After a couple of sessions on spring design with Pat Brown on the way out Mr Brown stopped me.

He said: "Jack if you stopped trying to prove me wrong you just might have something to offer the spring industry."

I went on in later life to resurrect Crescent Springs' fortune and was instrumental in taking over Spring Developments.

After leaving the above companies I went on to found J.T.Adams (Springs) Ltd, one of only a few left in West Bromwich.

The company is now run by my daughter Deborah Adams and her partner Mr Steven Hodson.

It has state-of-the-art computerised machinery and very skilled staff and the future bodes well.

But now back to Salter Springs where I spent many happy days working with some wonderful people.

I started on the last day of 1957. I was put under a chap named Charley Scholey on what was known as the light section.

Others on this section were Sid Burgess and Frank Fowler.

Other names that spring to mind on the other sections are George Clapp, a Prisoner of War who taught me to swear fluently in German; along with Ray Hanley, Harold Stokes, Tom Malaney and Jack Gower.

The foreman was Mr Len Hubbard.

They were a decent crowd, as can be seen from the attached photographs.

We enjoyed each other's company. A group of us went on holiday one year to Margate, some of us went on spec and it took us some time to find some digs. We were scattered all over but we met up each day.

After work we would meet up again most nights at the Adelphi Ballroom, New Street, West Bromwich, now alas no more.

The football photo was the nucleus of the works team formed some time later named Salter's Spring Road. We played in the Birmingham Works League. Incidentally Don Durnall was the co-founder of D.C.D. Springs & Pressings, another alas now defunct spring company.

It would be nice to know how all these former colleagues at Salter Springs have got on over the last 40 odd years,

John Adams,

West Bromwich.


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