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Vic Peacock’s Silver Jubilee - 24 August 1962
The manipulation section of the rubber factory has a high proportion of long service workers. Among them is Victor Peacock, of Dept 306, who, on Friday, completed 25 years as a Bataman.

He has made many friends since he worked at East Tilbury, and, on their behalf, Bata Record congratulates him. Now, he is serving his sixth year as a member of the Management Advisory Committee, of which he is a keen supporter.

Born at Tilbury, where he still lives, Vic has been cutting textiles for most of the time he has been with British Bata, and remembers the rubber factory as a single storey building in a different part of the plant.

“In those early days,” he said, “there was nothing like the variety of textiles there is today, and cutting was considerably more straightforward.

“Now, with five or six time the number of articles, cutting calls for maximum intelligence and concentration. Plastic shoes are steadily becoming more numerous. Work, too, is at a an appreciably faster tempo.”

Vic was a messenger at Tilbury Dock, but soon wanted a better job. This, he heard, could be obtained at British Bata, so he decided to offer his services. They were accepted.

He left two years later, and worked in another Thurrock factory. But he was not happy there, and was back at East Tilbury before a year had elapsed. He did various jobs, including operating a three-bowl callender, for short periods, but started cutting textiles in 1938, and is still cutting them. “I like my work and do it to the best of my ability,” he remarked. “ I certainly would not like to count the number of patterns I have cut since I used my first knife. There were fewer machines, and fewer men, in those days, but the rubber factory, like other Bata establishments, progressed steadily.

“I was very pleased when I was first elected to the M.A.C., and am naturally pleased to find myself on it today. I think it is a really effective organisation, and it has been the means of gaining several advantages for employees which have been deservedly appreciated. It is particularly valuable for the opportunity it provides for contact with the management.”

To many people, Vic will be remembered for his exploits on the football field, where he has played for Bata Sports for 20 season. When he was in the first team, and when, later, he was for several years captan of the second team, he always played a steady and intelligent game.

He retired five years ago because of ankle trouble, but is able to play tennis, and is well known in Tilbury tennis circles. He is also fond of dancing and derives much enjoyment from riding a motor-scooter.

Vic is not the only member of his family associated with the Bata Organisaton. His younger brother, Eric, formerly of the costing department, is a the Bata factory at Pinetown, South Africa, and will be remembered by several people; his niece, Barbara Peacock, is in the supply department, and his elder brother, Albert, worked in the rubber factory for 15 years, and left for health reasons.


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