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 Engine Friends Association
"Itís a thing that is getting people together again"
Itís a thing that is getting people together again. I understand from Maurice, Maurice Clyde, that thereís about 120 members now, maybe more. But thereís again, like the Doxford engine, theyíve been all over the world. Thatís where they are now, some of them. And Iím pleased that the, the name Doxfordís is on the internet now. I havenít got a computer myself, like, but I do know thereís a lot of people tune into it from abroad as well. Itís good, itís good. But it just shows you how strong the name was, the fact that it, that itís still there. William Doxfordís.
Bill has 13 memories in the memorynet:
Bill's memories with a The North East theme:
- First day at Doxfordís
- 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:
This memory has these themes: