Bill belongs to: The Doxford Engine Friends Association
Bill was born in Sunderland in 1927. He served his apprenticeship at the Doxford Engine Works, starting fifth January 1942. After five years at sea he returned to Doxford's where he worked until its closure in March 1987. Bill was the last person to leave Doxford's and was given the task of switching off the power to the works.
Bill was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 26 January 2006. The interview took place at Sunderland Museum and lasted 40 minutes and 53 seconds.
Staying until the closure of Doxford's
"But when I went back to the engine works in ’69, I stayed there"
But when I went back to the engine works in ’69, I stayed there, I stayed there until, until I left in beginning of ’87, about March of ’87- and I was the last one to leave- the very last one to leave. In fact, so much so that it was an awful thing to do, or feeling, but I switched the main power off leading to the engine works, at the main substation. Helluva an experience that.
Bloody awful, bloody awful.
Bill has 13 memories in the memorynet:
Bill's memories with a The North East theme:
- First day at Doxford’s
- Staying until the closure of Doxford's
- Industrial action at Doxford's
- Sounds and smells
- What does the sea mean to you?
- First trip to sea
Bill's other memories: