Warm wishes for black­smith

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? - by Mike Ben­nett

THE year is 1958 and the scene a cer­e­mony in num­ber five shop in the mas­sive Ash­ford Rail­way works at New­town, in those days the ma­jor em­ployer in the area. It was taken on the day that diminu­tive long-serv­ing black­smith Frank Terry re­tired and was pre­sented with a top of the range paraf­fin heater as a farewell gift. The pho­to­graph comes from the col­lec­tion of Robert Bam­ford from Ken­ning­ton who was then a 15 year-old ham­mer boy (stand­ing on the right in the back row). He re­mem­bers vividly the tough life work­ing there for two years be­fore he left to join the Mer­chant Navy. The sec­ond suited man stand­ing with Mr Terry is fore­man Mr Smith and he can also iden­tify black­smiths Harry Epps and Nobby But­ton, brothers Fred and Jack Bar­ren, Brian Exall who was a striker act­ing as a black­smith’s mate, and the Cham­ber brothers who were fel­low ham­mer boys.

HAVE you any pic­tures from the past that you would be will­ing to share with read­ers? If so send them with brief de­tails to Mike Ben­nett, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8JR.

Ash­ford Rail­way Works black­smiths’ shop in 1958

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