Courtaulds (Skem) Nr Wigan6 Comments
Photo: Martin Pearce
Item #: 12187
Photo by Colin Pearce (1929-2008)
Colin worked in the stores , good times.....
Good photo remember it well,having worked in power house from day one until closure.The gentlemans name in other photo was charlie Quantrell who worked there with his brother Albert.Ted Holmes the chap in middle of the photo taken in front of the chimney base was another power house worker
Many thanks for the names good to know some one is looking who was there.
I worked as an apprentice electrician from 1973 until the factory closed in 1977. I spent many an hour during factory shutdowns cleaning the generators and maintaining the switchgear. Most of the time only 2-generators were running of the other two, one was on standby and the other being maintained, the generators were only shutdown during the 2-week factory shutdown. Had some great times working here as a young apprentice, great crowd of people I worked with.
worked at Skemas an electrician in 1975, with great people, I remember Barry as an appretnice .
The engines were K-Majors, built by Mirrlees. The alternators were built by Brush Electrical Machines. Each set had a name, Ajax, Achilles, Leander and Orion.