Great photo of your Dad, Derek!!
Does anyone remember a lady who worked in the despatch area called Rene Wheeldon? she worked there most of her life. She is my Grandmother and we are celebrating her 100th Birthday in November, it would be nice if anyone who knew her could get in touchI worked here from 1965 till 1969 in the meat assembly dept preparing the ingredients for sausages,mincing the meat adding the salts and seasoning. The main entrance was in Greenway St, but there were others one was behind the pub we used to call the Wrexham, where we spent many a dinner time. One of the perks was we always had hot pies from the bakehouse when we were peckish. I met some great people there we had some good times. Did anyone else work there?
Did you remember my Nan Irene (Rene) Wheldon, she worked there all her working life.I worked at Bywaters during the school summer holidays during 1969 and again in 1970 I wasn't quite 15 in 1969 which was the legal age to work at that time but I told them that I was and they set me on. Easy going times! I spent both summers pushing pig carcases from the slaughterhouse into the cold store as well as helping out in the cellar injecting brine into sides of pork. I went back to work there in 73/74 by which time it had been taken over by Roberts & Birch or Robirch as they were known. I worked in the cookhouse at that time operating a machine that pressed hams. I remember that there was no shortage of pubs in that area, including several on the Coventry Rd.
I remember that it was very logically laid out, with live pigs coming in at one end and a huge variety of pork products leaving despatch at the other end of the complex, with all the various production areas in separate sections dependent on product.Quite a few companies described their premises or products as 'model'. It seemed odd at the time, to me, but I eventually found out that it simply meant that it was something to be imitated or compared to favourably.