More and more stories on ‘The Company’ or ‘The Work’s’ as The Steel Works was known are emerging.
Cheryl was talking about the MADE OF STEEL project and people started telling their stories and sometimes that’s the way it is, ad hoc, in the street, in the pub or at one of our public events. The more the merrier I say. Every story has a value.
Here is a little of this Consett workers tale:
He worked at the Plate Mill/Test House (still exists down Villa Real),
– The Company got took over by British Steel, but was still known as “The Company”
You had to have a Tests (entrance exam) at school to get onto a Steelworks apprenticeship (5 years low paid, had to finish it in Redcar when it closed)
– He passed but wanted to be a junior operative as you got paid then
It started when Shotley Bridge made swords and then branched out and made more steel products