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Fire at the old -Twyfords Factory- Stoke on Trent -

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Well what a shame a famouse factory that gave work to many people in the area - and now gone forever - as a looked at the front page of the sentinal i just felt so sad - all the memories came back to me -

The times i was walking through that factory - with my mate Alan Shenton alas not with us now but never forgotten - He was the factory manager - I was the factory manager at the Firclay site near by - we would have a coffee and do a walk about - and go on the shop floor and have a word and chat with the - workers - great times and great memories-

Well i have some good news for anybody that maybe interested ? - One day a caster came to me and said - Just look at what i have found in the skip - being thrown away - I was at the Alsager site then - Well it was a box of photos of the people and the manufacturing processes - at the factory that now is no longer - yes the one just gone up in smoke-

I said - I will keep them and may be one day people would want to see them - well i think now is the time -If you worked there and like me are so sad - that it as gone - maybe you are on one of the many photos i have - all are showing people doing a part of the casting process and dipping etc - you like me may have aged but - to us the photos are priceless -

I WILL ASK MATT - to put them on the site if he as a good response - to this forum - well a sad day but i knew if i saved them all these years one day - they would be a part of history - if you would like to see them e mail me --ok - - thanks



Richard's picture

Alan,I for one would love to


I for one would love to see the photographs.  It is sad to see the potteries become a giant shopping centre, many young people have never seen how things used to be, and even though people had to work hard they did get a good wage at the end of the week.

We need to get through to the current council that industry is needed to make the six towns a viable concern and that creating one City from the 6 towns will destroy the small tourist industry we have currently.

Anyway enough ranting.


Web Monkey's picture

Great set of shots Alan. So

Great set of shots Alan. So lucky they were spotted and you kept them. How could someone just toss them in a skip like that.

Makes you wonder what other photos are out there.

alan colclough's picture

Yes Matt - i have quite a few

Yes Matt - i have quite a few just hope like me it brings back some memories i am sure it will - for the guys who are in the shots - if there is any body out there ? - who would like more info just make your enquiry on the site -

Alan c 

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