Memories of the rag-trade and a test laboratory

J & J Fashions staff.
J & J Fashions staff.

We enter the world of work today, and we turn the spotlight on some of the people who helped the wheels of industry turn on South Tyneside.

There was certainly a big workforce at the premises of J & J Fashions, but does anyone remember when this photograph was taken?

In  October 1976 three new apprentices at Burgess Industrial Silencing Ltd were being shown how to operate the burning machine.  Fred Hill,  in charge of training and safety, is pictured with apprentices Paul Grierson, Paul Berry and Geoffrey Richardson.

In October 1976 three new apprentices at Burgess Industrial Silencing Ltd were being shown how to operate the burning machine. Fred Hill, in charge of training and safety, is pictured with apprentices Paul Grierson, Paul Berry and Geoffrey Richardson.

How many of the people pictured do you recognise? What was it like working there?

In October 1986, the Gazette’s photographer visited Burgess Industrial Silencing Ltd to capture three new apprentices being shown how to operate a burning machine. Do you know them?

Finally, we’ve pictures taken at the Ferrograph factory, one showing a coil winding operative and the other a test laboratory worker.

Did you work there? We’d love to hear your memories of it.

Coil winding at Ferrograph way back in 1963. Do you know who this is?

Coil winding at Ferrograph way back in 1963. Do you know who this is?

In the test laboratory at Ferrograph,  recorders were put through a gruelling reliability test, so equipment was 100 per cent perfect on despatch. Does anyone know this lady?

In the test laboratory at Ferrograph, recorders were put through a gruelling reliability test, so equipment was 100 per cent perfect on despatch. Does anyone know this lady?