Transport

A greengrocer’s tale

John worked for E. Pordage and Co, the fruit and vegetable wholesaler based in Norwich, visiting small city and village shops and driving to Covent Garden in London to buy supplies I left school in 1960 when I was 15 and my first job was a newspaper boy delivering papers. The chap I worked for, a […]

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A Life in Transport

The contributor, born in1939, entered the transport industry in Skegness as a seasonal bus conductor, then went into management for a large group of bus companies, working in many areas including Norwich, Bristol, Devon and Reading. He then began transporting chickens as distribution manager for an East Anglian poultry firm and later moved cider for a famous Hereford company. […]

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A Lorry Driver’s Life (MMB)

The writer's first job was delivering groceries by bike in London. He soon graduated to driving removal vans and big lorries and went all over the country driving large loads. He says "being a driver I would drive anything" – but he kept away from motorbikes. (Too easy to crash!) He worked for the Milk […]

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A man of many jobs. The sheet metal worker. (2016)

Eric had a long career in engineering mainly as a sheet metal worker. He says: I seem to have done many jobs, from repairing cars, to making parts for buses, making Army vehicles, precision sheet metal work, vehicle body work, refrigeration vehicle and aircraft repair, plus a little labour work. I was 14 years old […]

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A Milestone on the Voyage of Experience

One day, after his National Service, the contributor found himself outside the Cunard Building in Liverpool, and on an impulse walked in and asked for a job. This led to ten years working as a purser on cruise liners. When expecting a family he gave up the sea and took to the air, becoming an […]

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An Electrician’s Life on the Railways (1942-1993) (2014)

After working in carpentry and an electrical apprenticeship, R went to work on the railways in Norfolk. He has some fascinating reminiscences; particularly on changing attitudes to health and safety (horrific stories of fingers being cut off in the carpentry workshop, and of the man who got electrocuted at the Crown Point railway depot); and […]

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An Engineer’s driving ambition (from 1952 on)

Michael Eastaff shares his start at work whilst still at school, his engineering apprenticeship and his love of driving. Michael left his hometown of Luton to pursue his career in Norfolk applying his engineering knowledge to vehicles and plastics, and continuing his passion for driving. Beginnings I lived in Luton and from 1952 to 1956 […]

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Coachbuilding. Wood and metal to plastic (2016)

I went to school at Saint Mark’s, and Lakenham Council. While I was still at school we saw the bus station get bombed, saw the plane come over and saw the bombs drop out of the plane on to the bus station. We lived on Goldwell Road all of my boyhood days. Our house got […]

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From the Farm to Engineering Haulage

  The contributor began work as a boy on farms in North Norfolk. As mechanisation came into agriculture he became a tractor foreman and then took a job at North Walsham structural engineers Wall Engineering. He found his vocation there in haulage and delivered steelwork to be erected on site. Later he joined General Haulage […]

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It’s not a normal day! The offshore industry.

John Tennant talks about his life working in the Great Yarmouth offshore industry The early days I left school at seventeen and my first job was at Fellows & Company in Great Yarmouth. I started in the general office and from there I worked in stores control, picking up tickets issued to the various sections […]

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