I started at Hardy Spicer in 1970 as a progress chaser (they called us 'logistics engineers') I remember some great characters such as Ben Fulwell who I think was an assemby foreman. He was a massive guy, ex- guardsman or similar. He used to march around bellowing out his instructions but actually he was a decent sort of a bloke in my experience. Other people that spring to mind from that time are Darkie Thompson, Ronnie Hart, Jay Sperry, Dave Blakemore, Fred Jones, Larry Finnemore, Arthur Wilson and, of course, the power brokers:Stan Robinson (Works Manager) and Graham Gould (Chief Shop Steward) Graham succeeded Bill Morris (now Lord Morris) as you probably recall. There were over 3,000 people employed at the Chester Road factory at the time. Johnny
I worked at Hardy Spicers from 1974 until 2004, I too have nothing but great memories of the time i spent there. I served my apprenticeship and then worked on various sections until i finally ended up as a prototype machinist.
Its a small world. Bob Keef is my brother in law and i used to work with you at Hardy Spicer!( when i was an apprentice) I am in South Africa now myself for 23 years.
I saw Bob in january when i went to Cape Town, do you here from him? I used to go and visit Nel & Arthur on my bike on the Bromford. ( memories)