Mem­o­ries of Her­berts visit to Moscow in 1970

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

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

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