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Barr_Beacon

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.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
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what great memories BB just what a forum such as this thrives on...thank you and keep them coming

lyn
 

Barr_Beacon

The Prodigal Brummie
what great memories BB just what a forum such as this thrives on...thank you and keep them coming

lyn
Thank you for your kind comments, Lyn! Funny isn't it, you can go through life but memories of certain people and places remain clear as crystal.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
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yes BB its strange thats for sure....with me i can remember things that happened..places and people from over 40 years back but ask me what i did last week and im stumped lol

lyn
 

Barr_Beacon

The Prodigal Brummie
yes BB its strange thats for sure....with me i can remember things that happened..places and people from over 40 years back but ask me what i did last week and im stumped lol

lyn
Me too but sometimes that can prove to be a blessing!
 

SuesieC

New Member
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.
I started work at William Newman in 1969 before they merged with Tonks, Walter Rowley and Bloor and Pillar. Started as a junior in Cost Office with Steve Edgley and was relief telephonist with Marjorie Coop. George Crowley was commissioner until everything changed and large reception area was built where Marjorie and I became receptionists/telephonists. Worked there until I left to have my first child with my husband Duncan Corbett who also worked there. Great memories of so many people.
 

postie

The buck stops here
Staff member
Was your Husband the same Duncan who owned Charter Hardware at Willenhall...
 

postie

The buck stops here
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Can you give him my best wishes, Jim Pritchard ex window &door service and ex Door Spring Repair Service,
Thank You
Jim
 

postie

The buck stops here
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Doing fine and living in North Wales by the sea. Good luck to all of you...
 
Hi - I posted a thread on 'William Newman and Sons' last night (first time I had ever come across this forum) and hadn't seen this thread before - Hope Sue and Duncan are well - it's crazy - I used to correspond with Instock in Aldridge trying to get favourable Hardware costs to offer some of my clients - not knowing there was someone 'higher up the tree' I should have been talking to. Are you still dealing in hardware or are you taking things easy now? Kindest regards to you both Phil Yate
 
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Steve Matthews

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Hi Roger
You certainly stirred some memories for me! Harry Fowkes was my foreman (were they called supervisors in the late seventies?) when I worked in the Repair Shop on Hospital Street behind the canteen / social club. I remember Ken Wingfield (he was in charge the Spray Shop) and the Clarke brothers (they were Charge Hands, weren't they?). Horace Poole was the works manager and there was a Scottish chap called (Charlie?) McClean who was the Works Engineer at the time. My first job at NT was working as a labourer for George Rutter, taking the Briton casts up to the assembly floor I moved to the Repair Shop. The manager there was Barry Smith who shared the office with Richard and Sandra (apologies, I can't remember their surnames). I left the company in 1981 before it transferred to Walsall but I often have fond memories of my time there.
wow you've just took me back 43 years i used to work in the production control office in 1977. Mike Wardell was my manager then. Steve Matthews
 

Barr_Beacon

The Prodigal Brummie
Steve, was your father George Matthews? George was a really nice bloke who worked in the Briton stores and often had me in stitches.
Sorry Steve, It was George Rogers I was thinking of.
(Is there a way of deleting posts if errors have been made?)
 
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Towpathlegend

New Member
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.
My dad is Danny Williams the guitarist, he worked there when I was a kid. He played in bands until his late 60s.
 
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