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Lucas Great King Street demolition

ariel badger

proper brummie kid
Astones, thank you for the photo. If you look to the far right of it there is a triangulated bracket coming from the wall, this supported a swinging sign depicting Lord Byron. this was the sign I so childishly defaced by attaching an indelible pen to a broom stick and leaning over the wall from GKS recycling yard. The bigger boys made me do it.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
Astones, thank you for the photo. If you look to the far right of it there is a triangulated bracket coming from the wall, this supported a swinging sign depicting Lord Byron. this was the sign I so childishly defaced by attaching an indelible pen to a broom stick and leaning over the wall from GKS recycling yard. The bigger boys made me do it.
yes ariel badger i see the swinging arm bracket and i totally believe that the bigger boys made you do it lol...

lyn
 

ariel badger

proper brummie kid
Well Corbett and Frank Kermode egged me on to doing it but the blame was all mine. I was with GKS from 1974 until 1981 when I took redundancy and moved out to live in Zimbabwe.
 

sidwho

master brummie
hi arielbadger, I was half right right, I suppose this happened on Saturday dinner time,on the way back from dinner break, kind reguards sidwho
 

JimboLee

New Member
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I managed to get away with a couple of towels.
Between 1992 and 96, The Farm Street Block, L2 and L3, V Block and the Directors' cars Garage in Burbury Street were occupied by SAGEM-Lucas. A joint venture between Lucas Engine Management Systems and SAGEM Automotive Electronics of Paris.
The SL people were the last on campus.
I was stationed at the Motor Industry Research Assoc. in 1996 for five years with five others. The remaining sixty relocated to an office block in Heneage Street West on the Aston Science Park.

The engineers at SL watched the demolition on a daily basis. IIRC, there was a delay because of the Kestrels nesting in the circular decoration on the end of M Block.

Some Tinkers camped in the Burbury St carpark for about a week until they got fed up of the local youths throwing bricks at their caravans in the night.


PS. I was a 1977 Apprentice at College Road.
I worked at GKS in Factory layout, GK5 Erica distributors, BW3, BW4, Cranmore Bvd, Dog Kennel Lane, Foremans Road, Garrison Lane warehouse, Gt Hampton Street and a short time at Lucas Diesel Systems, Greenville, South Carolina.

I see ex-Lucas blokes all over JaguarLandRover. Solihull, Gaydon, Whitley and Castle Brom.

For any other ex-apprentices,,, I've still got my "Dice and Base"...
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
great momento jimboLee..you are lucky to have those towels...pride of place in my living room is a cigarette lighter mounted on turned wood with the name lucas engraved on it that came out of the boardroom..and it still works..

lyn
 

sidwho

master brummie
jimbolee, do you remember the 2 old push bikes in the gents toilet on the proving lab side of the road opposite the entrance to the directors guarage. wonder what happend to them. kind reguards sidwho
 
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BernardR

Guest
Re: Lucas,s great king street

Do you mean Lucas or the GT King Street factory?
 
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