Maurice belongs to: The Doxford Engine Friends Association
Maurice left school in 1955 and started his apprenticeship at Doxford's in February 1956. After a motorbike accident in 1958 Maurice worked in the Drawing Office until the closure of the engine and shipyards in 1989.
Maurice was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 7 December 2005. The interview took place at Beamish Regional Resource Centre and lasted 27 minutes and 41 seconds.
"I applied for an apprenticeship on my last year at school in 1954"
I applied for an apprenticeship on my last year at school in 1954, and I was accepted as an apprentice at Doxford’s to be starting in the stores in February 1956. Not being quite 16 you sort spent six months in the stores, or messenger, or whatever so you became familiar with all the various departments that you’d be serving your apprenticeship in. And this I did on February 6th 1956, starting in the light machine shop, sawing six inch bar to various lengths to be used in the turning bay and from there I would go on to various other departments spending three months in each. This was to familiarise with everything that was required on a Doxford engine.
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