A fam­ily af­fair at the Lon­don Brick Com­pany

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - Row­land Hob­son

Do you re­mem­ber some pic­tures of the Italian­com­mu­nity we ran in Novem­ber, pro­vided by coun­cil leader Marco Cer­este? They proved very pop­u­lar with read­ers and I have gained plenty of in­for­ma­tion.

Carmelina Pig­natiello of Flet­ton recog­nised the three men in the pic­ture above.

In the mid­dle was her hus­band Mario, next to his fa­ther Pasquale and un­cle Ni­cola Fras­cella.

The trio came to the city in the early 50s, and in Mario’s case it was a short- lived stint at the Lon­don Brick com­pa­ny­be­fore he moved on to study and set up his own busi­ness.

Carmelina, of Spring­field, addedthatPasquale­wasMarco Cer­este’s grand­fa­ther!

Lon­don Brick Com­pany ar­chiv­ist An­drew Mort­lock helpedme, par­tic­u­larly with­lo­ca­tions andtech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion. For ex­am­ple, the ve­hi­cle shown is a Mam­mouth Ma­jor AEC ( pre- war ve­hi­cle).

An­drew added that many com­pa­nies in the city took on Ital­ian labour­ers be­tween 1951 and 1957, and some, in­clud­ing Marston’s and East­wood’s , made sev­eral jour­neys to Italy to re­cruit.

I have in­cluded one or two new­pic­turesthisweekand­will in­clude more­ofAn­drew’scom­ments in a later edi­tion.

Mario and Pasquale Pig­natiello, and Ni­cola Fras­cella

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