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Story on Oldbury firms brought back memories

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

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YOUR article about Oldbury companies of the 1949 era in The Bugle (January 23 edition) brought back memories.

Many of my family, including myself, worked at them. My late mother worked at Parke's Classic Confectionery and did a stint at Creda in the war years on nights.

In 1948, my late father William Jarman had a very serious accident at Reynolds Rolling Mills, he was almost crushed. Dad suffered a fractured spine and he spent nine months in Birmingham Accident Hospital.

A late aunt worked at Cuxson & Gerrard Ltd, my late grandad Solomon Roberts did 44 years' unbroken service at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and he worked part-time at the company until he was 76. Uncle Bill Boden worked at Accles & Pollock Ltd. I myself worked at Hughes & Johnson Ltd as a teenager in the early 60s. I worked in their offices (they sent me to college to learn shorthand and typing skills. In the late 1950s dad worked at Albion Bottle Co. Ltd, but after the spine fracture heavy manual work was too much for him.

Another late aunt worked at Albright & Wilson (Langley). I am Langley born and bred. In my early years I lived in Causeway Green Road.

I hope this has been of interest.

Dorothy Emery,

8 Junction Street, Oldbury.

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