Recalling working days in the fifties

Pictured in front of an aerial view of the Valley Works is George (left) with Rotary Club President Charlie Allison.

Pictured in front of an aerial view of the Valley Works is George (left) with Rotary Club President Charlie Allison.

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George Mitchell spoke at last week’s Rotary Club meeting about his working days at the Valley Works of the 1950s.

As usual in his talks, George weaved in an amazing depth of knowledge of the subject, revealing a history that is as interesting as it is important to our area.

Of particular local interest, he described his life and times as a textile worker at the Valley works.

George described a pre-health and safety atmosphere of fumes and looms, with steam powering a vast enterprise of shuttles, belts and pulleys producing an amazing array of patterned textiles.

He noted however that, as the 60s arrived, the writing was on the wall as the looms one by one fell silent.

A way of life for many Brechiners was coming to an end.

Rotarian Jon Bergen gave George a vote of thanks for a talk that looms large in local interest.