Fond mem­o­ries of ‘fam­ily’ printer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

With ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle on the fu­ture of Headley Brothers in Ash­ford (‘Prin­ters up for sale in bid to save busi­ness’, KE, Fe­bru­ary 2), I worked there for 49 years, from 1947 un­til I re­tired in 1996. I saw all the ef­fort put in to keep the firm go­ing amid tech­nol­ogy ad­vances.

I only found out the com­pany was in dif­fi­culty when I saw your ar­ti­cle, and it was a real shock. Headley Brothers was a huge part of my life so I was quite up­set.

They kept up to date with all the new­est equip­ment and means of pro­duc­tion, but now it’s all gone.

And it’s all be­cause of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. In the time I was there it changed an aw­ful lot, it went from letter press into litho print­ing.

We used to print a lot of the Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity Press but mod­ern tech­nol­ogy got rid of a lot of jobs.

I will be very sad if it does go. When I was there we had 116 mem­bers and ev­ery­one knew ev­ery­one’s name, it was like a fam­ily. Ter­ence Chedgey Ken­ning­ton el­derly women of Nepalese ori­gin. How dread­ful, how dis­gust­ing, but was it re­ally a ‘racist’ at­tack?

As a cy­clist it is fairly com­mon to be screamed at by teenagers who are on foot, or from out of open car win­dows. My wife has even been spat at by ‘white’ youths while ap­proach­ing Ash­ford town cen­tre. I sup­pose we can be de­scribed as be­ing home­grown Euro­peans, so one can­not la­bel these at­tacks as ‘racist’. Per­haps the one thing we have in com­mon with the Nepalese woman is that we are slightly el­derly.

That sort of ex­pe­ri­ence is very un­pleas­ant, has never hap­pened to us over the thou­sands of miles we have rid­den across main­land Europe. The big ques­tion is – why here? Ted Prangnell Ken­ning­ton

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