MASSEYS MEMORIES CELEBRATED; DVD Charts History of Former Factory

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), December 13, 2010 | Go to article overview

MASSEYS MEMORIES CELEBRATED; DVD Charts History of Former Factory


Byline: Tina Junday

POIGNANTrecollections of the spectacular rise and demise of Coventry's Massey Ferguson factory is the subject of a new documentary.

Former workers at the Banner Lane factory share their own memories of the plant's history in a special DVD, The Last Tractor, by media production company, Second Sight. It looks at the success of the first tractor, The Little Grey Fergie, which revolutionised farming, and includes changes to management which led to thousands of job losses.

There is also original footage filmed at the factory on Christmas Eve 2002 when the last tractor rolled off the production line, bringing an end to 56 years of agricultural growth.

Workers, including Jim Brown and Dave Melhan, who had been w o r k i n g there since 1965, spoke about the m e r g e r , changes to w o r k i n g practices and the final curtain call on the factory. MMEMORIES S econd Sight director and producer of the docum e n t a r y, Alan James, has been making DVD programmes about the countryside and agricultural machinery for the last 10 years.

CELEBR S p e a k i n g about the programme, he said: "We interviewed DVD d o several people who worked at the factories who tell the story from their eyes of the turbulent years, but the documentary doesn't dwell on this. …

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