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    Posted: 29 Jun 08 at 20:52
This little video signifies and end of Tyre production in wolverhampton... and 7000 jobs...

I worked there for twenty years.

the stack was built in 1927.. too young to be saved as it wasn't Victorian.
It has been a feature of the landscape round here for 80 years and from my back window.
It was painted blue 27 years ago as the americans thought it would look good
typical of goodyear though,  they couldn't even drop the stack without a mistake.

a fella from the goodyear management made a speech about the future and goodyear investment in what's left of the site.. hollow words given a few hand claps at the end.
everyone commented to the press as to the hypocrisy of their presence.

good bye old chum

Edited by le rev - 29 Jun 08 at 20:57
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I worked at Courtaulds in Coventry for 25 years.  We had a number of big chimneys including one huge one that Fred Dibna once came to have a look at.  It's all gone now except for the stub of the biggest on that is festooned with mobile phone antenae.
I also spend a lot of time at Stewartby in Bedforshire where London Brick was, and which became Hansons.  Thats closed now too, but I've heard that there is a preservation order on the last 3 chimneys, and the last furnace.  I hope it's true and there is at least something to remember that place by.  (I'd hate it to be the smell that the furnaces made that is the only memory!)
I'm afraid we will have to hang on to what's left the best we can in post-industrial Britain...
Brick-Yard. Not a club, more a way of doing things. (Robert Fripp - kind of...)
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Heartfelt post-industrial comiserations from whisperingiant, himself ex-Cowley (now "BMW Plant Oxford," yeah, right...) and ex-Longbridge (now something that requires Chinese alphabet skills to name!) having been with Rover Group once upon a time and started an automotive industry career* actually making cars.
* Now with VWG...
People sometimes ask me why I can't stand hearing Fred Dibnah's name mentioned. Yet another chimney falling reminds me why.
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