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Recent content by Solihull54

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    A TRIBUTE TO OLD BIRMINGHAM

    Agree with much said, I was a young trainee at Times Furnishing opposite the rotunda in 1972, very different times, on starting I was told to call the General Manager 'Sir', and remember customers coming in for Bits and bobs. Mind it was only a stroll to the nearby pubs which as an 18yo was...
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    Lucas Mere Green

    If you mean Etta McKenzie-Campbell she was the site buyer when I worked at Mere Green in 1987, she had office in the main Engineering dept, i moved to College Road later then other places but yes LMG was a good place to work...if you didnt upset Alec McDonald the Operations Manager that is...
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    Old Birmingham Schools - Changed Or Demolished

    Talking of old Birmingham schools and awards I have a copy of Historical Studies by John Richard Green dated 1903 (Macmillan) presented to my grandmother Dorothy Jefferies in 1906 for 1st prize in History in VI form at Waverley Road Secondary School with HG Drew as Headmaster. I'm not sure...
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    Lucas products and services

    Indeed it does...I remember the old Lucas alternator factory at Marshall Lake Road and the Lucas lighting factory was at Walkmill lane Cannock. I think Shaftmoor Lane also made these, too many to research if you think Lucas Industries grew to encompass everything automotive and aerospace over...
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    Lucas Mere Green

    I thought it was Tesco but your right it was a supermarket of sorts I heard...
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    Lucas Mere Green

    electronic engine control units for lighting, thick film, various really, it was really a daughter plant to the mother plant at College Road, much smaller than CR, i think its a tesco supermarket these days as Lucas was sold to Varity, then it became TRW, then ZF bought it all out. Sad another...
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    Lucas Mere Green

    Lucas made electronic assemblies for the car industry, customers were Rover Group and others, the Chief Engineer was John Lewis, and the General Manager was Alex McDonald. I worked there for a while in purchasing around 1988 with Etta Campbell, the site buyer.
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    Lucas Labs Research & Development

    TRW Technical Centre, Shirley, Solihull, as it was in October 2008
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    Lucas Labs Research & Development

    I left ZF as it was after the TRW takeover in 2015 having worked there since 2010. I heard the ZF technical centre as it now is will move to Blythe Business Centre. Pale shadow of Lucas days since I joined the company at Shaftmoor Lane in 1985. Thats progress folks !!
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    Lucas York Road Engine Electronics Hall Green

    I dont remember the tea lady but times were different, who else ?, Bo Kelly rings a bell, Graham Mallinson, Linda Yapp, Simon Barley, Mark Weymouth, Tony Dry, some stayed with Lucas, others joined TRW, and others went to all sorts of companies. I think York Road now under Goodrich/Rolls-Royce...
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    Lucas York Road Engine Electronics Hall Green

    I guess you knew Peter Holland as well its a small world in electronics, I think the GM i remember was Martin Williams something like that anyway, Sarah Robinson in Purchasing with Mark Dutton ?, good days!
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    Lucas York Road Engine Electronics Hall Green

    You must have been there around same time as me. Simon Cardall was Factory Operations Manager, Mike Tomlinson and Bob Tench in Purchasing, Mike Burrows in Programmes, I cant remember the GM but he was a miserable sod I think ?. I worked with Mike/Bob on Rolls-Royce Trent, was there time of...
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    Westminster Road Handsworth

    My mum was born here in February 1928, her parents came from Wales, and my mum's sisters lived at 229 Church Hill Road, Handsworth.
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    Westminster Road Handsworth

    Yes I have photo of no.59 where my mum was born in 1928 will add it to the chat but agree with Lyn on google street view you can see most of the road, am sure others photos exist back in time to today.
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