George belongs to: The Doxford Engine Friends Association
George was born in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland. His name changed to Geordie Beard when he joined Doxfords in 1957. George describes his time at Doxford's as a pleasure.
George was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 11 January 2006. The interview took place at Beamish Regional Resource Centre and lasted 50 minutes and 52 seconds.
The insolence of office
"Men that youíd known as apprentices, and they had grown up and all canny lads, and then they became shop stewards and their attitudes changed completely"
Men that youíd known as apprentices, and they had grown up and all canny lads, and then they became shop stewards and their attitudes changed completely. Iím always reminded of Hamletís soliloquy, you know, when heís standing up there and heís going to kill himself and heís reeling off the things that sort of get him extremely annoyed and narked, and one of them was the insolence of office, and that, that always struck me with these lads. You see people getting to jobs and as soon as they put on a collar and tie, they become someone else. The man that conquered China, itís a phrase that my wife always uses, why I donít know. It changes people. I like to think that I never changed. I donít think I did.
George has 12 memories in the memorynet:
George's memories with a Work theme:
- Nicknames - Geordie Beard
- Working at Doxford's
- Career in shipbuilding
- The insolence of office
- Sounds of the Doxford Works
- Smells of the Ship yards
- Practical jokes
- Practical jokes part two
- 25 Yearsí Service Watch
- The watch
George's other memories: