Thanks for the memories George
I read with regret in your Obituary Pages the passing of another of `Atkin’s’ legendry mechanics, George Wood.
I grew up with George in Burbage and he was a clever character.
It was he who instigated the `Cresta Run’ at `Top Atkins main block, this was a timed run from the yard up to the top third floor and down again.
He was also involved on the night shift in using the abseiling ARP equipment for descending top to bottom of the same building, which probably helped a few years later when he and Gordon Smart, yet another mechanic, served with the `Paras’ in Palestine.
But my favourite was George’s expert use of words, I well remember when we had Senior Staff meetings in the Thatched Cottage and a newly arrived member of staff was holding forth on the finishing of garments.
When he had finished his over-long talk George arose from his seat and said, “I must admit that Mr.****** does know something about finishing machinery” (and after a beautifully timed pause continued) “But very little”. Thank you George. Brian Simpson Burbage
Atkins Building in Hinckley - Finishing briefs in 1967