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.
The Doxford Apprentices football team
"As an apprentice, I played for the Doxford Apprentices football team. We won quite a few cups"
As an apprentice, I played for the Doxford Apprentices football team. We won quite a few cups.
These leagues, the Sunderland area of leagues, you know, various Wearside Leagues, and all, I mean, all the factories round about had teams- football teams in these leagues, you know. There was quite a number of them. It was a great time. There were some nice football, there were some nice football fields within the town- Wearmouth in particular, across the other side of the river there, really, really good.
When you, when you won the cups and that, you see, it was always Doxford’s Apprentices, you know, win the all the charity cups, and another cup and the League. They were great, they were great times, they were.
Bill has 13 memories in the memorynet:
Bill's memories with a Environment theme:
Bill's other memories:
- First day at Doxford’s
- Packing in the sea
- Returning to Doxford's after the merchant navy
- Staying until the closure of Doxford's
- The Doxford Apprentices football team
- Industrial action at Doxford's
- The Doxford Engine Friends Association
- What does the sea mean to you?
- First trip to sea
- 50th birthday card
- Workers at Doxford's
- Last day at Doxford's