A time of ‘ weigh’ fewer safety rules

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Picture Special - Row­land Hob­son

You may re­mem­ber I re­cently pub­lished pic­tures of the old sugar fac­tory. One per­son who cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ated them was Pippa Yates ( nee Healey), from Orton Brim­bles.

She­said: “My­fa­ther­worked there in 1938 for over 30 years as a lorry driver do­ing ‘ shunt­ing’, as beet was­brought in also by rail.

“Health and­safety wasn’t in ques­tion when I used to work round the fac­tory with my fa­ther. My­mother­al­soworkedin the weigh bridges for 17 years, and I of­ten sat with her weigh­ing th­elor­ries in. We­lived­inOr­ton Longueville and the sugar beetsmell­would­bep­re­sent, we wereused­toi­tan­dit­was­partof ev­ery day life.”

Pip­pare­mem­ber­sthean­nual cam­paig­nand­sports­day, and the old Sugar Beet Club.

She added: “My fa­ther died in 1972 and my mother in 1985, both at 80 years of age. I don’t know what they would think now with the fac­tory gone.”

Mal­colm Beechey pro­vided us with the foot­ball pic­ture above. He says that the man in the cap to the left is the late Al­bert Fos­ter, his un­cle and former lock­keeper at the Dog in a Dou­blet sluice gates near Whit­tle­sey. The lady in front was Al­bert’s daugh­ter Iris, and the manin the ‘ snazzy jumper’ to his right was his son in law Mau­rice Cook.

Do you recog­nise this worker at Bri­tish Sugar?

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