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Mick Strong
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1 of 23  Mon 30th Sep 2013 8:58pm  
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Hi everyone, just joined this addictive forum and thought I would start a topic on what was a very happy part of my life. I started in the apprentice school at Wickmans on Banner Lane on 5th September 1966. Any more Wickmanites out there? It would be good to hear from you.
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Mick Strong
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2 of 23  Mon 7th Oct 2013 12:55pm  
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On 26th Feb 2012 11:35am, Midland Red said: Accounts junior - Wickman, Banner Lane - 1963 - £3.13.4d per week gross (income tax in those days was 8/3d in £1 (= 41.25%!) Oh my
Hi MR, how long did you stay at Banner Lane for? I joined in 1966 on £3.16.4d as a 1st year apprentice.
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Midland Red
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3 of 23  Mon 7th Oct 2013 1:22pm  
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On 7th Oct 2013 12:55pm, Mick Strong said:
On 26th Feb 2012 11:35am, Midland Red said: Accounts junior - Wickman, Banner Lane - 1963 - £3.13.4d per week gross (income tax in those days was 8/3d in £1 (= 41.25%!) Oh my
Hi MR, how long did you stay at Banner Lane for? I joined in 1966 on £3.16.4d as a 1st year apprentice.
I left in 1967 when my salary had increased to £8 per week Oh my
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Mick Strong
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4 of 23  Mon 7th Oct 2013 10:39pm  
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Was John Beardow in charge then?
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Midland Red
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5 of 23  Mon 7th Oct 2013 11:12pm  
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He took over from Geoff Roberts, and Peter Cooke became John's assistant John was most upset when The Reds beat Dirty Leeds in the FA Cup Final Big grin Post moved from topic Your first job in Coventry by Midland Red, 9th Oct 2013 8:16 am
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Mick Strong
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6 of 23  Tue 8th Oct 2013 12:56pm  
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He was a good footballer himself, I remember him playing for the Sphinx 1st team. He went on to become Finance Director. Post moved from topic Your first job in Coventry by Midland Red, 9th Oct 2013 8:16 am
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Midland Red
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7 of 23  Tue 8th Oct 2013 3:48pm  
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On 7th Oct 2013 10:39pm, Mick Strong said: Was John Beardow in charge then?
It's hard to imagine he'd be about 75 now! Oh my A good man Thumbs up
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Mick Strong
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8 of 23  Tue 8th Oct 2013 5:27pm  
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I remember that when he got made a director, he was told to pack up football and take up golf. He first started on Allesley Park pitch & putt. We also played badminton in the canteen after work and he had to stop that as well. Was John Atkins MD when you joined? Post moved from topic Your first job in Coventry by Midland Red, 9th Oct 2013 8:17 am
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Midland Red
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9 of 23  Tue 8th Oct 2013 9:27pm  
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Off the top of my head, the only directors I can think of were George Hudson and H L (Laurie) Hudson Post moved from topic Your first job in Coventry by Midland Red, 9th Oct 2013 8:17 am
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Midland Red
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10 of 23  Wed 9th Oct 2013 8:20am  
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Two more were L K (Laurie) Lord and George Trowbridge!
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Midland Red
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11 of 23  Wed 9th Oct 2013 8:31am  
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For anyone really interested in Wickmans, there's a whole shed-load of records which have been deposited at the Coventry Archives - here's the link Scrolling down the long list brings up lots of names (people and companies) which I recall Cheers
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Steve G
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12 of 23  Tue 22nd Jul 2014 7:05am  
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Hugh Morris was another Director, he lost an arm as a fighter pilot during the war. Do you also remember John Carson works manager? I started apprenticeship same year as Mick Strong and went to Wickman in US 1974. Left Wickman in 1982 and still in the US
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Midland Red
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13 of 23  Tue 22nd Jul 2014 11:48am  
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I always wondered why Mr Morris had his jacket sleeve in his jacket pocket Sad I didn't know any of the factory workers really, apart from Pete Whitehouse, whose wife-to-be was a comp operator, and Norman Leslie (actually I didn't really know him, but I knew his daughter Wink )
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stevie g
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14 of 23  Wed 23rd Jul 2014 11:54am  
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Hi there, I worked in the garage there for 3/4 years in late 70's, manager was Ted Key and foreman Brian Garrett, had the best time there with all the guys but all came to a end when the Yanks took Wickmans over and eventually closed the whole place down, but great memories with the guys I worked with and for (with the exception of one fitter in garage!! he knows who he is, initials L.D. what a snake!!!!) Cheers Cheers Cheers
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stevie g
wyken, coventry
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15 of 23  Wed 23rd Jul 2014 12:10pm  
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Remember the apprentices doing a charity raft race and they built raft and want us in garage to check that it floated etc so we put it in the water tank with one of the fitters on it pushed it out to the middle, it floated but then the fitter declared he couldn't swim and was stuck in the middle, at that we walked off laughing he eventually got out at knocking off time!!! good Health n Safety heh!!!!! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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