JOHN Adams letter about Geo. Salter's in The Bugle (July 31 edition) brought back memories of my teenage years.
I left Geo Salter Secondary Modern School in 1947 at the age of 14 years old.
My Dad, Sam Paskin, worked at Hill & Jackson Spring Works in Swan Lane and was in the hammer shop.
Dad got me a job there working in the tool room on a five-and-a-half-day week.
After about four months I left to earn more money at a barrel company in Chapel Street.
I worked there 18 months till I was offered a job at Crescent Spring as a general dogsbody.
Crescent Spring was owned by Bill Molineux, Mr Green and Mr Holmes.
Both Mr Molineux and Mr Green were ex Geo. Salter employees as was the foreman George.
I worked there till I was called up for my National Service in the RAF in January 1952.
When I was on leave in Christmas 1952 I met my future wife at the Adelphi Ballroom.
She was named Doreen Mason and worked at Geo. Salter's in the office, what a small world.
Working at Crescent Spring was an education to me as I was with several women, who were all Black Country salt of the earth types.
Some of the names I can remember were two sisters Freda and Ethel, Rita, Eva and two more names I can't remember.
Doreen and I used to go to the Adelphi every Saturday night when I was on leave and carried on going till we started our family when I was demobbed.
I used to give Doreen £1 every weekend during the last year of my service in 1953 and when we had saved £15 we bought our engagement ring from a small shop in Spon Lane called Horobins.
Doreen has still got the ring after 62 years together of which we have been married 58 years.
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