The Prodigal Brummie
My word, the memories are coming back now. There was a really nice Irishman called Kim who worked in the Goods In on Hospital Street, I believe he was a talented musician who played in a band (there was also a chap called Danny Williams who was supposed to be an amazing guitarist). Norman Carless was working in the Repair Shop when I was there. His son in law, Fred Whitehouse worked by the Repair Shop in the Brass Stores. Norman took me under his wing while I was there. I could listen to his stories about his time in the army and Birmingham in the old days for ages. He was very knowledgeable about The Dam Busters and had signed letters from them. I was quick on the up take when I was younger so I worked all over the place, from Tower Street (floor springs), to the panic bolts and spray shop. Harry Fowkes got me driving a fork lift in the rubber doors department (I had to pass a test!) I loved doing the stock takes over the weekend (very nice sandwiches) and I remember being filled with awe when I went upstairs to take something to the R & D department. I went on to get a degree and work in education but I'll never forget those halcyon days and the genuinely nice people I met.