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    Anyone got any pictures of "The world famous" Meccano factory at Binns road? Any photo's of the workers wanted as my mother was one of em'.
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    My mum used to work there too. Many years ago when I was a baby.
    Havn't got any photos though.

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    Try here

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    my mum worked there before I was born,she used to put Lady Penelope into her pink Rolls Royce
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    My late pop used to work at Meccano too in Binns Road. We've lots of Meccano related stuff still in the house which I'll never get rid of!

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    I think you are all nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    I think you are all nuts.
    'Bolt' up eh Ged

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    My mum used to work there too. Many years ago when I was a baby.
    Havn't got any photos though.
    Let's see if we can get some stuff about the workers.
    Photo's etc.
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    I worked at meccano for 10 years, sorry i do not have any photo,s
    but i do remember the workers & some of the office staff. i used to
    run round on one of the electric trucks.....it was a very sad day when
    it closed....... i still remember it........

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    Thanks and a big welcome, maybe u can recall some of these memories for us?
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    sorry john .. i remember buying raffle tickets but who sold them i can,t remember. what is her name......

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    Does anyone remember any of the girls off the packing department,of which i was one,i also remember allan and david who used to fix the machines when they broke down.My father in law also worked in the die cast room.

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    My mum used to run the raffles and the christmas bingo, spot the ball and catalogues.
    I can remember all the avon orders too.
    Her name was ELLA .Anyone remember her ?

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    hi, john did ella know edna griffiths who worked in the plastic dept...

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    Store 3...
    my mum knew most of the women.I wouldnt know who exactly.I do have a few pics somewhere which shows some of the women on the assembley line.
    I remember there being an Edna who took me to my first Everton footy match in the 70's.Nice crazy woman.

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    tricia. was it meccano packing you worked in if so you might remember doris who was friendly with tommy the van driver...

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    anybody remember lou brunt who worked in the electrical department with sid jackson............she was my aunty...

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    I never had a Meccano set. Father Christmas brought me a Trix set and I used that for years until I moved out and it was donated to some lucky kid.
    When my son was 11 I bought him a nice Meccano set which he never used so now that he is married and out of the house I have a Meccano set to play with at last.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Store 3 View Post
    tricia. was it meccano packing you worked in if so you might remember doris who was friendly with tommy the van driver...
    I can remember a Doris, but i dont know if its the same one , our supervisor was Violet another girl called Pam,we used to supply the girls on the lines with all the boxes (cushy job)

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    At the St Georges Hall history, there was a talk by someone who had written a book on Meccano which was very interesting. I guess the book might have some pictures in it.
    Here's the amzon write-up but I've seen it in Liverpool shops too:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Factory-Drea.../dp/1905472080

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    tricia, did you work with a disabled girl called Ruth.........
    the meccano stores was run by Alf Green............i think your main supervisor
    was May Harding who was incharge of the packing dept as i remember.

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    Names I recall my mum talking about are....
    Josie Dunn and Evelyn ? and Pat Jones.

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    john,...yes i remember josie she retired not long after i started in the stores
    the year was 1966 the year we won the world cup....

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    Well Josie was always with my mum.They used to come home together with a booty full of goodies.

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    I've inherited a few dozen of these.
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    See Dinky Toys's profile on MySpace here...

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    Nice link. I've got hundreds of Matchbox, Dinky and Corgi vehicles, some from the 1970s on my model above. Without the original boxes though, they're not worth that much (who kept the boxes, not many) - sentimental value though, had some great times with them as a 30 year old
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    Default Dinky/Meccano Factory closure

    Hi all - I've been researching bits and pieces on and off to try and put together the untold story of Meccano and Dinky Toys. The one area that there seems to be very little documentation on is about the closure of the factory in 1979. I realise that for those that remember it this is still likely to be a sensitive subject, but no-one's getting any younger and it would be good to get some first hand accounts from people that were there.
    The bare facts that I know are that the announcement of the closure was very sudden, I'm not sure whether it was a day or a week's notice but the date of closure was 30 November 1979.
    In protest, I understand that there was a factory lock-in, and this lasted several months - though I have no first hand accounts. There are stories I have heard of tooling being damaged, and of the factory being effectively looted but I am concerned that these are all second-hand tales and I think the people that were there should have a chance to say what really happened. Is there anyone that can help the true story of those days in late 1979 and early 1980? Thanks for anyone that posts and can help shed some light on this.

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    Andyman 7
    My mum worked there then when it was closing down.I still have the poem I wrote at school about it.My mum and teacher wanted it published in the echo but being a shy lad I refused.
    Regarding the looting-Well it was "perks of the job".Nobody looted the place.
    I have pictures of my mum and some others in Meccano somewhere.
    All I knew when I was a kid was Derek Hatton caused it and airfix ruined it.
    That was about right I think.
    Good luck with your quest.

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