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Armitage memories of working at Cannon Foundry

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

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THE pictures of the Cannon Foundry in The Bugle (January 2 edition) brought back very many memories for me.

I worked there, the Foundry side of Cannon, briefly in 1958/1959. I lived halfway up Havacre Lane, our front garden gate more or less opposite the steps down to Deepfields Railway Station. I 'arrived' into this world in the upstairs front bedroom Every day on leaving the house to go to Mount Pleasant School 'Cannon' was the first thing I saw.

I'd love to know just how many homes in the UK were heated by a Cannon Gas Miser, it was a gem of an invention.

But my main memory is of the annual Cannon Sports Day. First, it was up to the top of Havacre Lane, over the railway bridge, a little way down Gough Road and left into the Main Office entrance, round to the back, and there it was, a field full of excitement. But, I was only interested in two things. First, the boxing ring, full size, a time keeper and a referee, and invitations to the crowd to 'come and have a go'. And plenty wanted to. It was difficult to get your chance. But, I had a twin brother! What a crowd pleaser that was. Three rounds, boxing gloves we couldn't get above shoulder height, but we gave it a go for one reason only and that was because you got a 'prize'.

David, my twin, and I could choose, either a small box of paints or two shillings. In those days you could buy a pint and five Woodbines for 10p.

No, we didn't; probably ice cream, packet of crisps, bottle of pop. But, on one day in the year I had a two shilling piece in my pocket.

One other memory. At the back of the pavilion were dozens of crates containing empty bottles. Walk over, pick up an empty bottle from one of the crates, walk round to the front, into the pavilion, hand over the bottle and they gave you 2d, enough to buy another ice cream.

To anyone who recognises my name my very, very best wishes to you and your family.

Sam Woodberry.

108 Old Road,

Armitage, Staffs, WS15 4BU.

01543 491499.

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