Have just spotted your website and am enjoying the read.
From 1964 to 1968 I did an engineering apprenticeship at Calverton and have written an essay about my experience calvertonfitter.com
I published it in 2008 and it had a lot of traffic and I've just updated it and added a blog as I'm now retired. No traffic there yet but who knows.
Hope you enjoy the read
A Coal Board Engineering Apprentice
Revisiting the years 1959 – 1968
Born 1948 and lived in, Thorne, Moorends, Calverton (Foxwood Grove and Broom Road), Accrington, Rochdale, Oldham and Hepworth. Currently retired and living in Cheshire.
Also worked in Grays, Northwich, Ipswich, Chepstow, Leeds, Lurgan, Dublin, Glasgow, Portugal, Italy, Pakistan, India and America.
Worked in; Mining, Aircraft, Textiles, Paper, Plastic and General Engineering.
Father (Bernard) and Grandfather (Andrew) both miners ex. Thorne Colliery. Bernard, retired ex. Calverton Colliery.
Maternal Grandfather, John Reed, died 1926 in Thorne Colliery shaft accident. See dmm.org.uk/pitwork/html/thorne.htm
Married in 1975 to Vivette SRN SCM HV
Daughter: Lisa-Jayne and currently a Marketing Executive.
I'd be delighted to hear from you especially if you have a mining or engineering background.
With thanks to my daughter Lisa-Jayne for her encouragement and editing skills.
I never wanted to be a fitter and I didn't even know what a fitter was or did, until it was too late. I wanted to be a draughtsman, just like my maternal Great Grandfather Smith and, extraordinary as it may sound, I didn't even know what a draughtsman did, until it was too late. Unfortunately, I also had absolutely no idea that a draughtsman was an engineer. However, I was good at Technical Drawing and that was the clincher, although I can't recall being much good at anything else despite going through school in the 'A' classes. I do remember that Great Grandfather gave me his ivory scale rule with his initials, J.T.S., pecked in with a pin; Joseph Tinsley Smith and that sealed the deal. . .
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