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I Had a Friend Whom His Dad Workrd At The Lucas Plant In Shaftmoor Lane
And My Mom Had A Cousin Whom Worked At Great King Street
My Mother Was Joyce ivy Beatrice JELF ,
AND Her Cousin Was George Jelf , And He Was AN Hardend Commie.
And One Of The Former Commie Leaders In Brum
With Another Chap From Ireland AND They Set Up A Book Shop
In Mosley Village Way back in THE Twenties -Thirtyies
You Can Read More About It On The Inter-net
Also George Used TO Stand For The Council Elections At Every
Elections , In And Around B,ham And The Latter Part of His
In Small Heath In The Sixties Before He retired
But Getting Back To The Subject On Lucas,s.
George Caused AbIG Strike Down At Lucas,s Great King Street
Apparently There Was A Dispute Over Where He Was Going To
Park His Car , The Secritity Officer Claimed George Tryed To Run Him Over
That Caused The Big Strike Through Out Lucas,s
This Was i Think Was Around The Sixties
George His Still Alive And His in His Nineties He Has Lost His Hearing
Cannot Use The Phone But Vey Active On His Feet
To Look At Him You Would Not Think He,s In HIS Late NINETIES.
The Grand Father Of George AND My Mother
Started Bussiness , [ Catering ] By Selling Tea .And Sandwiches
To The Work Force Outside The Great Kings Street Of Lucas,s
This Was Before One OF The EARLY Wars This Country Had
And When He Made Enough Money He Bought A Little Shop
Down Summer lane , Where Upon He Done Hot Food ,Sandwiches
And Hot Dinners , AND He Always Put A Steaming Hot Joint OF Meat in The Window And He USED To Wear A Big WHITE Cheff,s Ht At All Times ,
Have A Nice Day Everybody Tomorrow May Never come Again
Today Is Tomorws History And Remember , If You Cry , you Cry Alone
LAUGH And The World Will Laugh With You. ASTONIAN, ;;;;;
I'm so happy to find information about Lucas's. I worked at Shaftmoor Lane from leaving school, marrying while there and only leaving to have a baby. While there, I worked in every section but mainly on the straight line polisher which was a very modern machine in those days. My foreman was Tommy Gidley, a great man who died very suddenly at the age of 44 if I remember correctly - we ARE talking about a while ago ( early 60's). My chargehand, Bill Reeves took over, exchanging his white coat for a suit and actually requesting that I call him MR Reeves. I couldn't do this and laughed at him. My machine setter was John Hinckley and another one was Eric Bowley? Others on my section were Peggy Bentley, Margaret Limer, Margaret Astley? Theresa O'Sullivan? Nelly ? ( who finished my vocabular education) Harriet Guillemard? - a lovely Belgian lady, Jean Smith, Joan ?
I had some great times working there and would love to hear from anyone who remembers any of the abovementioned.
What a great shame it had to go. It was a respected institution and a key part of so many Birmingham people's lives and the community.
Carol, I will ask my Wife, Carol, her name is spelt the same as yours, she worked on the payroll section she started at Lucas Aerospace in 1961 and moved on to the Aerospace payroll section later before she left in 1970 she worked on the Boss`s & Directors payroll with Megan, Cheers Len.
Hi jdh Worked there many times as a "Contractor" assisting Engineering/Maintenance
Removing/Repairing some large Electric Motors/Generators, H V Transformers etc
Plus lots of smaller items, Motors, Pumps. Fans,,
Was a good place to be,, Highly skilled engineers/maintenance guys and
always a good bunch to work with,, good cameraderie as in All Lucas places.
Best regards JohnY
My father Arthur Wigley was there at that time but I'm not sure which department. I think he retired in 1968/69. I know it was a big place but you may have known him. My Uncle Bill Harley was still there then as well.M