Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'I Loved Going to Watch the Ships Being Launched. It Was Wonderful as a Kid. It's Such a Shame the Ships Are All Gone'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'I Loved Going to Watch the Ships Being Launched. It Was Wonderful as a Kid. It's Such a Shame the Ships Are All Gone'

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Lynn Amis: My dad worked as a plater for years at Swans. He once fell off one of the ships, and also fractured his toe when he dropped a metal plate on it. No health and safety in those days. My grandad worked at the dry dock and fell in a vat of oil. He was covered from head to foot, but he just came home got changed and went straight back to work. Couldn't imagine many people doing that these days - they'd be wanting compo.

Carol Leightley: I grew up to the sounds of rivets and ships being built and watched as they were launched by dignitaries at the bottom of my street in Blyth. We had a great industrial seaside town. Where did it all go? Now, boardedup shops, no industry and no jobs.

Linda King: I lived in Vine Street. My aunt lived in the street next door to Swan Hunter. I loved going to watch the ships being launched. It was wonderful as a kid. It's such a shame the ships are no longer made there.

Joyce Laidler: We lived beside the Naval Yard. I remember when they finished work, it was like a plague of locusts hit Walker - and there were hundreds of buses...

Lee Burnip: I remember the buzzer at dinner time everyday Andy Farrell: The buzzer in the morning ? Mik Richardson: I worked on the Esso Northumbria and the Hibernian ? Debra Taylor: My dad worked there when he was young and sadly died of asbestosis working there.

Pam Sykes: I lived in Gainers Terrace until 1960. My dad Harry Shepherd was a stager at Swans. Our house was in the shadow of the big ships as the bows went up. There really was nothing like the sound of the chains on launch day.

Daz Towers: I sold papers at the gates in the morning and after school..

Angela Jane Walker: The clang-ing and banging on a summer's night - and the buzzer!

Shirley Ann Baughan: I used to live on Buddle St, more or less opposite Simpson's Hotel. I used to play on these streets. I had some lovely times watching the ships, and watching all the men going to work. It seems like yesterday. …

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