The Masons go to Canada - 1967
After 11 years at British Bata, where he started as an apprentice in the engineers’ section and for the past 18 months worked in the drawing office, Tony Mason left on Tuesday. He and his wife Amanda, who was first an apprentice at, and then manageress of Bata Estate Ladies Hairdressing Salon, will fly to Canada on Sunday. He has been appointed assistant layout engineer at Batalim, Toronto.
Born at Tilbury, Tony is the son of floormanager John Mason, of bottom manipulation, and has lived on Bata Estate for 16 years. Amanda is daughter of retail sales manager (England and Wales) E D Arkinstall. She left the salon a fortnight ago.
Their departure will mean the loss to the estate of two well known and popular young residents.
Tony came to British Bata straight from school and gained experience in most of the engineers’ shops, with emphasis on maintenance and moulding. Up to a few years ago he was an active member of Bata Sports athletic teams, for whom he took part in field events. His main interest now are motoring and photography.
He and Amanda will live temporarily with Amanda’s elder sister Pamela, who lives with her husband Peter, and their daughter Joanna (Mr Arkinstall’s grand-daughter) a few miles outside Toronto.
“I shall do my best to make a success of this new and interesting appointment,” said Tony. “To the friends I have been unable to contact personally, I say goodbye with hopes to meet them again.”