I have started this page and hope that those who make contact will work together to record their memories which, hopefully, can be passed on to the Centre.
Please do include my name/e-mail..I was at the College from 1960-62 (Leather Division/Cordwainers College) and working for Bata thereafter from 1962-66 at Tilbury (mainly Closing Depts) and Cumnock (Ayrshire).
Graeme, a former College Boy and Bata Employee, is looking for Gordon Buckland, pictured below, who was best man at his wedding inn 1963.
Graeme can be contacted via his son, Andy, at
Pat Adams "firstname.lastname@example.org"
My late father, G C Howell, was Estates and Properties Manager from January 1955 until July 1967, when he left to take a similar position with the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society in Glasgow.
The plastic tag pictured on the website was a plastic lapel badge, and would have originally been coloured bright orange. The colouring of this one has faded over time. These were made on site, I think in one of the single storey buildings within the factory compound, and were given out free during the Annual Saturday Morning Open Days, prior to the enjoyable events of the Afternoon Gala. (Remember George Print's Funfair)
My email address is email@example.com and I would love to hear from anybody who remembers me.
I remember Linda Fassbender, Yvonne Elmore, Carol Ford, Jennifer Osborne, Rosemary Godley, Jennifer Kuran, Linda and Janet Haxell, Lynne Stanley, Janet Dow, Lesley Hollington,Janina Faye, Justine Crisp, Lynne, Sharon and Irina Kossakovski, Mary Cordis, Linda Golightly, Penny Burton, Michelle Greenwood, Elizabeth Andrews, Brenda Andrews, Nicola Mestyanic, the Henderson sisters and Susan Noble. I can also remember a red headed girl called Irene, but with the passing of almost 50 years her surname escapes me.
Of the boys I remember Kenneth Matthews, Martin Cave, Graham Veness, Sean Sutton, Richard Smith (cool guy who once had a Triumph Palm Beach Bicycle), Derek Frost, David Sanderson, Alan Reeves, Steve Bassett, Eddie and John Sach, Ian and Colin Zak, Brian Ford, Alan and Gerald Lidmiller, Mark Marshall, Michael Avery, John Evenden, Robert East, John Wade, Roger Osborne, John Mana, Edward Gottwald, Andrew Burton, my surviving elder brother Sydney and my late younger brother Charles, Sean Ward and Denzil Stallard.
Needless to say, my sincere apologies to those whose names I have misspelt.