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Wm Park & Co Clarington Forge Wigan

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WM Park & Co
Photo: Caroline
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Item #: 19526
This photo shows workers at WM Park. My grandads father Harold Moss is the furthest on the right. The gentleman in the middle on first row is Brian Park and the gentleman to his left is Oliver Lace who I think was the owner or had something to do with Lacey's cake shops

Comment by: Jacko on 9th January 2012 at 09:26

Caroline,
This pic has got me thinking - I'm 72 yrs.
Some of my recollections could be wrong - but here goes.
I left the coal mines in 1959 - went working in Sussex - met my wife to be - moved back to Ince.
Harold Moss employed me to dig a trench near to the machine shop (as an ex coal face worker - it was back to the pick & spade).
For reasons best known to Harold - he took me under his wing and brought me into the forge - this included my training on a number of machines, and then trained and became operator of the big o/h crane where the large billets were forged.
I left (3 shift working) AND WENT TO THE WAGGON WORKS (2 SHIFTS).
At one stage, I do recall Brian Park driving up in his 2 seater sports car, hopping over the side of the car (wearing sports shorts) and ran through the forge.
Brian was known as a playboy and spent little time at the forge - he was later bought out of the business and and bought or part owned the golf course in Lytham St Annes - Southport.
I also recall Brians father walking round the forge at Christmas - carrying a "shoe box" of cig's.
He visited each person, wishing them a merry xmas and giving them a cig.
Brian also had a brother who and along with Oliver Lacey, ran Wm parks.

I will add further commets to the pic.
Thanks for the memories

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