Thanks for the mem­o­ries Ge­orge

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

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

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