Memories of Herberts visit to Moscow in 1970
THE current publicity and building interest takes me back to 1970.
I was a machine tool demonstrator for Alfred Herberts and was sent to demonstrate at the British Trade Fair in Moscow.
As a demonstrator I travelled extensively and was fortunate to visit Mexico city and South Africa where I was able to see Apartheid at work.
The highlight had to be Moscow, a very different world in those days. Westerners were kept apart from the Russian people in that hotels had facilities that were payable in US Dollars and only Westeners were allowed entrance.
My room mate at the Rossia hotel overlooking Red Square had enjoyed an evening where a somewhat large quantity of vodka was consumed. He was accused of being a Russian in a Westeners only bar by the KGB.
As he was arrested he was shouting “I’m from Birmingham”. He worked for BSA tools part of the Herbert empire. He was released the next day and back at work.
Another highlight was the exhibition closing for the afternoon whilst the demonstrators played against the Interpreters on Moscow Dynamos training ground,I played in a memorable 4-4 draw.
It was an amazing experience being in Moscow at that time it seems like yesterday and the biggest machine tool company in the world is no more. Peter Field Coventry