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My first job was at Brown and Haighs in Wallgate. We made mens suits and i worked in the trouser room. We would sing all day to the annoyance of Nellie and Cissie our two bosses. Friday pay day and up to Woolies to but lipstick,hair lacquer,nylons and of course Evening in Paris perfume. Then into the arcade to buy some material for a new shift dress which i would make and wear Saturday night. Not much money left after that but what a great time we had. Christine Ackland (nee Hunter), Southampton Hampshire, UK

10th May 2010

 
my first job 1979 ... ken taylors garage appley bridge wigan . there was a good bunch of lads worked there alan taylor chris rowe ,chris snow, tony ,jimmy . only did 12months boss sold it and bought a bar in spain !!!! good days ......... bernard, wigan, uk

29th Mar 2010

 
My first Job. was at the ABC cinema in 1966 I think...... I was a trainee Projectionist. I really enjoyed it but the hours were very unsociable. I worked under John Ellwood, who I felt was a ahrd boss ( then) but later I appreciated him as a great guy who taught me the value of working hard. Other people I worled with were Wilf Brian, and there was an old Irish projectionist whom I liked but his name escapes me , I dont think he will be alive as he was past retirement even then./ happy days especially saturday mornings wien we had the kids matinees I remember the manager writing a song and performing it the song was "And I cry" such happy days. john, auckland, New Zealand

7th Feb 2010

 
Hi John Finch, You say you worked at Thompsons wholesale in your first job. Do you remember my sister who worked in the office? Susan Powell? john, auckland, new zealand

7th Feb 2010

 
i went to st james school in poolstock they were memorable days and used to go in annie milligans corner shop for my mam and fridays we would go to taylors chippy for tea i remember clifton mills factory and walking days were we used all gather on the cricket field when we finished olwen bennett, wigan, lancashire

4th Feb 2010

 
My first full-time was in 1972 at Thompsons Wholsale Warehouse, Poolstock. I enjoyed the challenge of preparing the orders on time; and putting up with Johnny Boardman on the loading Bay, and "Ted" the foreman! I wonder whatever happened to the innocent Billy Bagley, who was a saint for putting up with Ted, and all the torments he received from the lads. John Finch, Wigan, UK

20th Jan 2010

 
I left school 1956 started work geo thompsons poolstock.This was oldfields old brewery building.Allways admired old mr thompsons jaguar,i remember Bill Hurst Ted Henry Mrs Best Johnny Boardman,also the old veicles Austin k2s Bedford ob Morris commercials Leyland Comet.The starting wage was about 5 a week.Tom Clancy Wigan TOM CLANCY, wigan, United Kingdom

11th Oct 2009

 
My first job was at TBA Belting in Hindley Green. I started in 1974 and my boss's name was Jim Finch. Does anyone out there remember him? Susan, Hondon De Los Frailes, Spain

14th Aug 2009

 
I remember my first job, my Mother took me for the interview and I started work at Keith Steele's shirt manufacturers in Hallgate, down the entry beside Bert Smith's sho repairs. For the first six months I was given the task of marking spots on shirts for someone to sew buttons on, I hated this, and I was also the tea girl and errand girl. Becaause the factory was on two floors I had the job of carrying two trays of tea up to the upper floor, the upper machine shop and the cutting room. Because I resented doing this I used to put one tray on top of the other and carry both together. Bill Mann was the foreman and he had told me many times to cease this practice, however I still did it when I thought no-one was watching. Unfortunately one day he caught me as I got to the top of the stairs and shouted to me. I leaned over the bannister and dropped the top tray almost on his head. Needless to say I shortly had to find another job, but the memory of that time lingers on. Does anyone who worked there remember me, my name then was Celia Haynes. I remember May Dewhurst, Joan Banks, Tony Morris, Jack Caldwell, Jean Roby, Jean Taylor' this was 1955 celia fairhurst, skelmersdale, lancashire

29th Jul 2009

 
My first job was in Johnny Tindalls shop in Ince weighing potatoes. linesman, leigh, england

16th Jul 2009

 
my first job was at grove laundry annette, upholland, wigan

20th Apr 2009

 
hi linda my dad also worked at timberlakes his name was wilf adams unfortunetly he died in 1980.let me know if u knew him im his daughter rita thanks.i worked at john englands is there any of my workmates out there. rita adams, wigan, lancs

23rd Mar 2009

 
eileen are you dave berrys sister because if you are i know you.my mum use to go to your mums for a chat her name was irene berry sometimes she was called rene. margaret sudworth, wigan, uk

24th Jan 2009

 
my first job wigan corporation streets dept sovereign rd sept 1963.i remember catching the bus into wigan and walking down sovereign rd with a little haversack over my shoulder.oh happy days. george orrell, wigan, england

29th Dec 2008

 
My first job was at tupperware 1965-1973 I remember we were always singing it was hard work with blisters on your fingers through sealing tumblers etc, the girls I remember are, Susan Sanderson, Jean Murray, Margaret Ince and some names I can't remember but we had loads of fun. Eileen Bennett (nee) Berry, Wigan, Lancs

22nd Dec 2008

 
Wigglesworths Pill factory in Westhoughton, from 1962 - 1965 today i have added to my Blog about my time there, the best-ist job i ever had. we worked but we had geat fun to carol, Ashton in Makerfield, England

28th Nov 2008

 
This is to Barbara Hart. Is Alan your husband and do you or anybody else remembers me Brian Pendlebury. Itwould be great to hear from anybody that worded at Taylors Carpets brian pendlebury, Auckland, N Z

10th Nov 2008

 
the first job i had was in a butchers shop in the mid fifties i worked a fifty five hour week for nineteen and six and can remember the boss saying that after my five year apprentice ship i could be on nearly eight pounds a week good old days owd dave, wigan, england

10th Oct 2008

 
anybody work or should i say go to mayflower vehicle systems in ince.always see viny loyd flurting about on his scooter.p.s have yu herd out. ste fairhurst, wigan, england

1st Jul 2008

 
Left school at 15,that was 1951.Started as an office boy with Wigan Corporation Bus.The job was to ink and calculate the takings on the ticket machines the conductors used to use.Also the morning coffee when it took at least half an hour slowly simmering on the stove.The coffee was from Makinsons at the bottom of the arcade.We also had De Beukalar chocolate biscuits,excellent. Fred Sentance, Chorley,Lancs., U.K.

26th Jun 2008

 
My first job was at Coop`s1955 left scool friday started on mon,my mother came with me for the interview to make sure i went,we had some great time`s especially onthe work`s trip to blackpool. i started in the mantle and Nellie Caunce was our trainer, i was terified of her,but she was ok when you got to know her.After that i went on to make trouser`s nad worked there until my children where born,then went back until 1970. mary latham (Greenall), Wigan, England

15th Jun 2008

 
To Suzanne Hendon Hi Suzanne, I'd forgotten about Barbara but yes you are right that was her name. She worked with my dad for most of his time in Wigan. He was teaching until two days before his untimely death, in 1988, at the age of 63. He felt unwell after finishing a dancing class and called an ambulance. What the hospital didn't manage to find in the 36 hours before his death was an Aneurysm which eventually ruptured. At the time I thought 63 was old but now aged 52 it seems very young indeed! We buried him in Hindley Cemetery and old Court School colleagues came from all over the country to pay their last respects. We inscribed the headstone with the title of a song by one of his favourite bands, Roxy Music, titled simply "Dance Away." Members of his classes in Northwich had a commemorative plaque mounted on a wall in the Polish Club where he had taught after leaving Wigan. Dave Ingram, Bromborough, England

26th May 2008

 
Janet or Mary you can contact me via here: Under 'darkhorse' http://lokislair.proboards100.com/index.cgi#general Val Baxter, wigan, uk
 
Mary, I think I knew your sister Noreen. Did she have a limp? I am sure I knew her. I worked in the sewing room...and once or twice in the office...someone had an accident with the docket pin and I was asked to cover. Val Baxter, wigan, uk
 
my first job was at Whelans supermarket in Wigan in 1974, i worked with another student, Sheila Worthington, our supervisor was a mrs bimson (i think) and i can remember her coming up to us and asking what we were doing, (if anyone remembers Whelans, the cans of peas/beans and jars were just stacked on pallets) and i told her that "sheila is peeing and i'm pickling" - she wasn't amused. my next part time job was at woolworths when i worked on horticulture, or as i called it "manure dept" (again my supervisor was not amused at what i called it when asked where i worked) but it was next to the toy dept, and when asked by someone "where's your sugar cock?" i sent her up to the food dept, but she came back and asked me again, but spelt out that she wanted to know "where's the shuttlecocks" Suzanne Hendon, nee Winstanley, Schofield, Brockba, takapau, nz, now New Zealand
 
To Tom Butler and Dave Ingram, I too went to the Court school of Dancing, and was taught by Stan and i think Barbara, i remember first starting around 1965 on Saturday mornings, then staying to have dance lessons towards medals, i continued their then unto Eccles upto 2nd gold bar. went on to dance for Hilda Moss in a local formation team. Loved it. Suzanne Hendon, nee Winstanley, Schofield, Brockba, takapau, nz, now New Zealand
 
I had a saturday job at my auntie jessies and cousin maureens shop in orrell near the rose and crown pub I think the shop is now barclays bank oh I thought I was dead grown up making up customers orders and serving I remember we used to get loose butter in a barrel and had to cut and weigh it to whatever the customer wanted I was only about 12 or so oh bring back the good old days margaret, skelmersdale, england
 
MY FIRST JOB WAS AT HJ,HEINZ STANDISH AT THE AGE OF 15,IT WAS IN THE BOTTLED GOODS DEPT, AND I HAD TO FILL SQUARE JARS WITH SILVER SKIN ONIONS BY HAND ,EACH JAR HAD TO BE PERFECT WITH A SMALL RED CHILLI PLACED DIAGONALY ACROSS THE CENTRE OF THE JAR,IF THE CHILLI MOVED WHEN FILLED UP WITH VINEGAR THE EXAMINER WOULD REJECT IT .AS WE WERE ON BONUS THIS WAS VERY DISHEARTENING , I DID"NT MAKE ANY BONUS THE FIRST WEEK,AT THE WEEKEND I COULD NOT GET RID OF THE SMELL OF PICKELD ONIONS EVEN AFTER SPRAYING MYSELF WITH EVENING IN PARIS ,WE WENT DANCING AT TOM MOSSES AND IS IT ANY WONDER I DIDN"T HAVE A PARTNER OWD ROBINER, WIGAN, UK
 
my first job was on a yts sceme at anderton st in ince the pay was 25 pound a week in 1984 my mum put my butties up and i remeber saying to her them cheese and onion butties where good mum. big mistake same butties for a year. stephen fairhurst, whelley wigan, england
 
re john england i remember mr judson in the legal dept also remember mary boffey, mary gaskell, christine stott, sheila gardener,mary molynuex,joyce green,lynn norburn, yvonne leiper, frieda norburn, kathleen woodcock and more.the year im talking about is 1970-71.i wonder if mr judson remembers who the lady was who sat at the front of the room her first name was jean but cannot think of her surname JP jeanp, wigan, lancs
 
1st proper job was 4 H.J. Heinz .had 2 wait in a line 4 a few hrs on a november morn in 81 .got on in 82 still ther in 2008 .with alot of my old school mates. P.S. it was bloody FREEZING as a few other guyz can tell u. BIG AL, wigan, uk
 
I worked at at the mill also weaving Ann, Kitchener, Canada
 
Hi I worked at JE I started in1966 and finished in 1971 I remembre Mr Judd and John Sudworth then Trevor Jones Mick Holland and Alan Robinson good old days had alot of laughs the boss over the supervisors was Mr Grainger he use to live in the house near the offices Li nda Housley, Metung, Australia
 
I remember Jakey Rosenfield followed by Ronnie Berry, and then me.JP I must know you. Brenda Fairhurst do you still giggle,By the way its Leslie not Alan.What about Mick Holland a real character ,later had a wine bar in the WiendWigans first I believe.Any more ex JE staff still alive? leslie Judson, Stockport, England
 
my husband David Housley worked at rathbones from 1966 to 1984 he was a van lad at first to roy simms then a driver he too remembers going to the tavern and getting rounds of beer at a pound a round from ella the land lady bet you dont get that today linda, metung, australia
 
Hi Brenda I also worked at John Englands in1966 till 1972 worked for mr robinson then john sudworth at first then went to ledger clerk worked with a girl Jackie Seddon and mary Mchugh linda, metung, australia
 
I WORKED AT JOHN ENGLANDS MAIL ORDER COMPANY FROM 1968 AND DID 13 YEARS.STARTED AS AN OFFICE JUNIOR,THEN AGENCY CLERK,CORRESPONDENCE CLERK,DICTATION CLERK.WORKED WITH RAY HITCHEN,ALAN ROBINSON (WHO SADLY DIED VERY SUDDENLY)MARGARET COYLE,ALAN JUDSON ? LOTS LOTS MORE WHO I CANT NAME COS IT WOULD TAKE ME A WEEK !! BUT WE HAD SOME GOOD TIMES. MY FIRST WAGE WAS 5 POUNDS 15 SHILLINGS IN A BROWN ENVOLOPE WHICH I HAD TO HAND OVER TO MY MAM UNOPENED !!! AND THEN HAD TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT I GOT BACK !! THOSE WERE THE DAYS. KIDS TODAY DONT KNOW THER BORN !! BY THE WAY ! GLYNIS FAIRHURST IS OLDER THAN ME SO SHE MUST HAVE HAD IT ROUGH !!!! (SORRY GLYNIS ) BRENDA FAIRHURST, WHELLEY, WIGAN, ENGLAND
 
HELLO GLYNIS !! FANCY MEETING YOU HERE !! BRENDA (FAIRHURST), WIGAN, UK
 
I started work in 1964 as a junior clerk in the office at Woolworths in Wigan.On my first day one of the girls invited me to her hen night-we are still best friends 43 years later!We were all called by our surnames(I was Miss Jones).I worked there until the store closed in 1984 and then went back to work for John Menzies who took over the building six months later.They were then bought out by WH Smiths and guess what-I still work there in the same office!!I met so many people over the years and would love to hear from any of them. Glynis Faihurst, Wigan, England
 
forgot to add the date .december 1957.bill rayner wigan. william rayner, wigan, uk
 
my first job was with w.v.jackson at the bottom of scholes ,the first day two of us pushed a handcart to birket bank to do some guttering.all for one shilling and three pence an hour .happy days but no money.bill rayner uk. william rayner, wigan, uk
 
my first job (shortlived0 was at johnsons dry cleaners in wallgate in 1950 I had 10/6 a week.went to work on mesnes st at a lovely shop selling haberdashery. loved going to the "wigan emp" happy days.left wigan 1953 Jean(then smith), machynlleth, wales uk
 
My first job was at the old Police Station in King Street, Wigan. I was a Shorthand Typist, having done a years training at Byroms Commercial College. It was interesting work typing all the court reports. Those were the days when Policemen were all over a certain height, not like the little ones you see today. I loved it. Big Amy was one of the Policewomen and she was a lovely person. Happy days. Barbara Dempsey, Hindley, Englalnd
 
ileft school at 15 and started work at dewhurst butchers in the centre of wigan there were 2 shops the second 1 in makinsons arcade i was then transfered to hindley shop were i met alovely girl named lillian {nee }harvey who worked in the coop on market street we dated for 2 yrs but i joined the rn and never saw her again i would love to know how she is jimmy lomax thanks jimmy, wigan, lancashirei
 
MY FIRST JOB WAS AT JOHN ENGLAND MAIL ORDER FIRM IN MESNES ROAD.I WORKED IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT WERE ALL THE BAD DEBTERS WERE KEPT.I WORKED THERE FROM 1966-1971,MY BOSS WAS MR ROSENFIELD.ANYBODY REMEMBER HIM. J.P, WIGAN, Lancs
 
I ALSO STARTED WORK AT RATHBONES IN NEWTOWN 1972 MY FIRST WAGE WAS 6.52 AND STILL WORK AT RATHBONES WOULD THOMAS PLEASE LET ME AND STEVE PRESCOTT NO HIS SECOND NAME THANKS MICK OBRIEN mick o brien, wigan, england
 
My first job was at the Chicken Factory in Westhoughton, I started there on the 1st day that I left school, I didn't last long, it was about 6 months, there was a few of us from School what went there at the same time, in 1982. Amanda Broadbelt - nee: Taylor, Wigan, UK
 
I ALSO WORKED AT RATHAPORTS ALONG WITH MY SISTER LILIAN,BERYLE LOWE EILEEN ,HILDA BUSHEL,AGNESS BALFOUR WHO WAS THE PRESSER,NORMA FISHBURN AND MANY MORE,MARGARET WAS THE CHARGE HAND AND THERE USED TO BE THE OLD NURSE WHO GIVE YOU INDIAN BRANDY FOR EVERY ILLNESS,BUT WE HAD SOME GREAT TIMES AT WORK ellen heaton, ince,wigan, england
 
My mum Marie worked at "Shackladys" and "Joan Barrys"(not sure on the spelling) think it was in the late 50s early 60's. My first job was at Coops sewing factory, in mid 80s. My brother Stey used to work at rathbones bakery for years and my sister, Maxine, was the manageress of the old Cassinellis cafe on the corner and the new one when it moved to the Galleries after they knocked the old market down. TRAGIC!!! Nicki Holden nee Dowbekin, St Helens, UK
 
MY FIRST JOB WAS A SATURDAY JOB AT TOM WHALLEYS PET SHOP IN MILLGATE.I REMEMBER THE [MUCKING OUT] IN THE MORNING. DURING MY TIME THERE WAS A PUMA,A BABOON AND A KINKAJOU IN RESIDENCE.SMELLY JOB SOMETIMES BUT I LOVED IT AND MY PAY WAS A FIVER JUNE MCDERMOTT, WIGAN, ENGLAND
 

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