Heels by the Million. - 1963
One of the most remarkable in this respect is Dept 404, where, this year, four operators will have served the Company for a total of 109 years. One of them is Bill Tutton, who yesterday completed his quarter-century as a Bataman.
On behalf of his many friends, inside and outside the leather factory, Bata Record congratulates Bill, who, except of a few brief breaks in other workshops, has worked in the wooden heels section of Dept 404 all the time he has been with the Company.
“My main job now is planing and sawing timber,” he said “helping to make it ready to be fashioned into heels. I do quite a lot of work on plastic heels, too.
These arrive in their manufactured state and I “seat” them - a kind of trimming operation, which makes them m ore suitable for Bata shoes, and easier to attach.
“I would not like to even chance a guess at the number of heels I have handled since I joined the Company.
“When I left school, British Bata was the most promising place for work in the district, and another consideration was that my sister worked there. I applied for a job, was given a test and told that I would be sent for.
“On Saturday morning of that week, I had heard nothing, so went and got myself another job. When I returned, there was a letter from British Bata, telling me to start - so I cancelled the other job.”
Born at Horndon-on-the-Hill, Bill Tutton has lived on the Bata Estate for nine years. His wife, Miriam, does evening work in the Expresso Bar, and they have two sons and a daughter, all at school.
He is well known for his interest in table tennis, for which he is coach to Bata Estate Youth Club. He played many years for Bata Sports and Grays British Legion teams, and was one of the leading personalities in connection with the progress of the table tennis in the Thurrock area.
“I was also interested in amateur concert party work at one time,” he said, “and helped for several years to run a party formed by members of Grays British Legion.”
“Apart from my table tennis coaching, I am interested in woodworking.”
Bill Tutton, right, with Tiffin Richardson