Bronze plaque at railway marks 74 years' service
AS an ex-worker employed at Derby's Carriage and Wagon Works, it is always a pleasure to read about long-serving railway employees and John Weston's recent account is no exception.
I would like to say thank you to John for writing a book looking back on his happy days on the railway.
I look forward to buying his book, Derby Days, Memories of a Midland Railwayman.
I joined British Rail's Litchurch Lane site in 1967 and stayed until 1994, when, unfortunately, I was made redundant, along with many more of my workmates.
It used to be traditional to join British Rail and remain until retirement and, in some cases, beyond retirement age.
To receive a long service award you had to complete 45 years' service.
This was then changed and I achieved my award for 25 years prior to being made redundant.
I recall that there was a bronze plaque that had been erected in H1 H2 fitting shop in memory of a fitter who notched up a record 74 years of service – a wonderful achievement.
I wonder if there are any of your regular readers who remember this bronze plaque, which was erected on the wall adjacent to the clocking on/off area.