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Started by: aussie94 (2396)

Could anyone help with the history of Walmsleys from 1968. I did my time their and left in1969.
Why did the company decline from a world supplier in such a short time when I I was there Dennis Walmsley was the boss and a guy called George Ellis was the big boss/Must be some folk who worked there in the 60/70s Can you help I am writing a book about Engineering in Wigan during that period

Started: 26th Oct 2013 at 09:29

Posted by: gaffer (6855) 

Walmsleys was a victim of the national financial situation of the early 70's. The rampant inflation played havoc with pricing in the international markets. There were also production problems causing it to fall into the hands of the US company Beloit in 1975.
Walmsleys started business in Bury in 1866.

Replied: 26th Oct 2013 at 19:56

Posted by: aussie94 (2396)

There has to be a few old boys from Pagefield works out there with the History. Remember the days at the Emp Christmas dance ? Come on guys you can rememeber

Replied: 28th Oct 2013 at 09:37

Posted by: orrellite (2353)

aussie94,
I can ask any questions you like to the fountain of knowledge of all that was Walker Bros and then Walmesleys she is Mary who ran the canteen who is now 97yrs old but is still going strong and is still bright as a button, please ask away and I will get some answers for you, she still recalls everthing as though it were yesterday

Replied: 30th Oct 2013 at 16:10

Posted by: aussie94 (2396)

orrellite , I fondly remember the great food Mary and her team served THE BEST.
Can you ask her does she remember Alan Smith , Terry Hilton , Stan Everett Tommy Rushton or Jimmy Hankey to name a few boys from the Top Erecting Shop.
Can you ask her what year did the canteen close . Thank You

Replied: 3rd Nov 2013 at 09:12

Posted by: orrellite (2353)

aussie94,
she had clear memories of the names you listed without any specific details ,the canteen as was really came to and end early seventies when the representative from Belloit US wanted a shift away from that traditional canteen to ready made from auto machines, she recalled the demise of the established management of Sheldon and the Board then and the up and coming era of Ellis and others and had much detail about the way that the new management treated those who went but it would not be right to publically post this .
She enventually retired in 1980 but recalled how she loved working there and the great relationship she she had with the Directors,staff and work force.

Replied: 10th Nov 2013 at 13:31

 

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