Page 220 Reyrolle Apprentices 1967 photo
Posted by Mohamed Jaffer on February 3, 2019, 7:34 pm
Hello Norman. |
On your page 220, I am in the photo on captioned “Reyrolles Apprentices in Rudesheim 1967”. It should have been more accurately titled “Reyrolles Apprentices on the Continental Industrial Tour 1967”, as I have a copy of the report with a list of names on the trip.
I felt so sad when I learnt that not only Reyrolles had ceased to exist but the whole place had been demolished. So it’s all the more commendable that you had the vision to create this website to keep the memories of Tyneside and Reyrolles alive by facilitating the posting of amazing photographs with their accompanying stories. Well it kudos to you for all your efforts.
I don’t know how Stan Wears managed to take the photos of “Hebburn Tech” (as I am of the older generation) just before it was demolished. But I am so glad he was successful as I studied there. All these photographs are very precious.
I am writing from Calgary, Canada and through a series of fortuitous circumstances, which I shan’t bore you with, I came across your wonderful website with its treasure trove of photographs.
I still feel connected to Tyneside and I was delighted when I hit upon your website. In fact I often listen to the BBC Radio 4 Extra and search for podcasts featuring Sarah Millican, Jason Cook and especially Ross Noble, whose programme “Ross Noble’s Newcastle” showcased Geordie humour.
I joined Reyrolles from Tanzania, East Africa on March 8 1966 as an engineering apprentice. In those first few momentous months I watched Anglo at 50-1 win the Grand National when many horses took a tumble at one fence, Henry Cooper’s return bout with Muhammad Ali and then England winning the World Cup. On June 9 1972, I was made redundant as a student apprentice, like many of my colleagues. The following year I saw Sunderland beat the much fancied Leeds 1-0 for the FA Cup. And I still follow Sunderland.
Now no one has commented on that page 220 1967 photo so I am not sure if there is any interest in me uploading the list of names on that photo and identify some names of the people. I got the names off a 34 page report on the tour. Considering my travels after leaving Reyrolles, I have absolutely no idea why I decided to hang on to this particular document for so long!
I also have a 1966 photo of the Relay Shop Packing section with just a few of the many wonderful ladies who welcomed me so warmly.
Talking about warmth, I have to go outside and shovel the snow. The temperature? A balmy –27°C or -41°C with the wind chill. Now let me think why I moved here……