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COLLIS Radio & TV

Ted W

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I began working for Collis Radio in 1964 as a fourteen year old school kid. I had a part time job at Wednesfield Service Depot and was paid 'ten bob' for working Saturday mornings.


Arthur Morey was the service manager at Wednesfield and Jeff Proffit was in charge of the stores depot next door. Charlie Gittins was 'shop steward' and another engineer I remember was John 'Monka' Jones.


I left school at Easter 1965 and was offered a radio and tv engineering appticeship at Collis's. I was required to spend the first three months at Head Office in Cleveland Street, to learn a bit about the commercial side of the business: those were some of the happiest days of my working life.


On my first day I was introduced to Carol Chater and Maureen: Maureen Statham I think, and given a desk to work at in Carol's office. One of the jobs I was given was writing up hundreds of Hire Purchase contracts using using a 'ready reckoned' to work out the repayments: no desktop computers or calculators in those days.


The office was bounded by a glass wall and my desk looked straight into the general office. On more than one occasion I was told by Carol 'stop looking at those pretty girls and get on with your work!' Lol.


Carol owned a 'tuned up' mini, a red one I think. A damned fast little car I seem to remember!


After a few weeks I was moved to another office for a few days, staffed by Mr.Paul, a dark haired lady with specs called Christine and a very attractive, petite young woman whose name escapes me. I was given a 26inch TV carton filled with Mullard Warranty cards; about 10,000 cards I think. Each card had a tube serial number and was I asked to sort them into alphanumeric order.
Hmmm, somebody's idea of a joke I think!


Anyway after a few weeks I was moved on to Wednesfield: they'd had enough of me at HO I think.


A few other names I remember at Wednesfield included old George Morey, the cleaner and odd job man, and an engineer called Cliff Windmill who was a part time musician. Cliff played double bass with a local band.


There was a sort of production line between the workshop and stores where a polish bloke called Oswald spent all day fitting slot meters on TV sets. He got paid 'piece rate' , 9 pence a job I think.


After a few years I was transferred to the new depot at Walsall where I stayed until I left in 1971.


The service manager manager at Walsall was George Everet and the sales manager was Ray Statham. A few other names I remember include engineers Philip Jones, Neil Beddows and Frank Woodward. H.O. Service Manager was, I think, Pat' Brown. John McMahon was senior shop steward, as well as being a fellow patron at the Ash Tree Inn in Wolverhampton. Another
H.O manager I remember was Frank Rice.


A few folk have mentioned Graham Felton. Yes I remember Graham well. Graham and a few of us started a 'ham radio' club in a room above Snow Hill shop in the late 60's. We met once a week and usually adjourned to the pub after an hour or so. Graham always had tall story or two to tell after a pint :)


In 1971 I left Collis Radio, actually, we'd been taken over by Loyds by then, and went work for James Beattie's. A year later I moved to Yorkshire. I worked for Telefusion and then Trident in York, as service manager. In 1975 I met Vicky who later became my wife, and in 1976 we settled in Australia.


My name is John Whitfield, AKA, Ted. At Collis's I had the nickname 'Flash' and I'm now retired in Port Macquarie, NSW.
 

Splinter

New Member
I worked at the Northfield, Newtown & Kings Heath branches in the early 70s, great bunch of lads & girls, You could instal a brand new TV for £2.00
deposit and the payments were collected from a prepayment meter on the back of the TV. Sold all manner of white goods too.
I worked at the Redditch branch late 60s
 

Foggy wood

New Member
I worked at the Lichfield branch, remember people mentioned. still in touch with Graham Felton.
Ron the workshop engineer was killed in a road accident, big shock to us all.
l remember the radio club in Wolverhampton and the ghost haunting the place, got my radio ham license G8FOG. The early colour TVs weighed ton and full of valves.
 

Splinter

New Member
Hi
What’s your name,just trying to place you. I worked at the service workshop on castle vale ind estate
Stuart Wood, Redditch had a small workshop I was about 17 to 18 years old when I started there.
Like most others I really enjoyed working for Collis.
 

stevie c

Brummie babby
Hi Stu

Carnt recall your name,that could be an age thing though! Lol ,but like you, I had the best days of my working career there. What do you do know Stu ?

Cheers

Steve
 

Splinter

New Member
Hi Stu

Carnt recall your name,that could be an age thing though! Lol ,but like you, I had the best days of my working career there. What do you do know Stu ?

Cheers

Steve
I'm retired now living down in Brean Somerset, some of the other names from Redditch had a manager first name Pete he was into amateur radio he was replaced by Ron Mosley, engineers one had the nickname Digger think his name was Graham also Bill Whitehead, Colin Broomfield.
 

stevie c

Brummie babby
I remember pete beech who became our service manager at castle vale,probably because I mainly worked at the vale and sparkbrook depot during the 3 day week when there was the power cuts in the city. Our workshop engineers were tony hunt , Norman crisp,Keith Gordon,Dave Morris,John Hyde our senior was Roy Jackson
 

Splinter

New Member
I remember pete beech who became our service manager at castle vale,probably because I mainly worked at the vale and sparkbrook depot during the 3 day week when there was the power cuts in the city. Our workshop engineers were tony hunt , Norman crisp,Keith Gordon,Dave Morris,John Hyde our senior was Roy Jackson
And then there were the Christmas party at the Tower Ballroom in Birmingham.
 
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