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Celebrating his 50th Birthday. - 1963
“I liked my work when I started, and I like it now. I have done very well while I have been here, and am on friendly terms with a host of people.” These cheerful words were spoken by a man who is a familiar figure to many Batamen and women, Leslie Truscott, stationery stock-keeper, to who congratulations are tendered on his reaching the age of 50, on Tuesday.
Mr Truscott has been looking after the storing and distribution of the many and varied articles which are kept in the stationery stockroom, for seven years.
“Previously, I had worked in two other department,” he said. “The retail and refinishing, I soon felt at home in both, as, for the past 20 years, I had worked in a wholesale footwear house in London.
“My work in the retail department gave me a valuable introduction or insight, into the Bata method, and the checking I did, a year later, in refinishing, completed my ‘education’ in that respect.
“I like to think that the Company was forming a favourable opinion of me, because, one day, I was called to the staff department, and put through a test. Soon after I finished this, I was told I had passed, and would be made a stock-keeper.
“I can honestly say I have enjoyed every day since my application for work with British Bata was successful in 1950. I made the application because I had heard favourable reports about the firm, and wanted to avoid the inconvenience and increasing fares of daily journeys to and from London - we were living in Vange, where we moved after the war.”
Mr Truscott has had one “abiding passion” all his life - football, which he played, and in which he has officiated, since he was at school. It is now as strong as ever, and, as secretary (for seven years), of Basildon F.C., he is a well known figure in footballling circles in South-East Essex. “I have always loved football,” he said, “ and used to play for several clubs in London, where I lived before moving to Vange.”
When not busy in the football circles, he takes a keen interest in cricket, and what he calls a “small interest” in the Trinity Methodist Church, at Vange, where he runs, and otherwise helps various events held by the church organisations.
The Boy Scout movement claimed a great deal of his time when in London, where he was associated with it for 14 years, and became Rover Leader and secretary of the Leyton Rovers Asscoiation.
Mr Truscott served for five years in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the war, mainly in the Middle East. He is married and has a 15 year old daughter.

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