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    Bryant and May- garston match factory were....

    The first to be equipped with the first continuous match making machine!

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    At one time, was THE ONLY producer of wooden matches in the UK.

    Famous brands to come out of Garston include...

    Swan, Pilot, Vesta and Englands Glory.

    The firm was famous for only recruiting local people, it was tough for anyone trying to get a job there as they only employed family members. Several generations worked there.
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    Hi Kev

    Bryant and May may have been, as you say, "At one time, was THE ONLY producer of wooden matches in the UK." However, since the Garston was not their only facility, I should think that it was not their only plant to make wooden matches. They also had a factory in the East End of London, which was famously involved in a match girls strike of 1888, one of the first instances of female labor protesting for recognition and better wages.

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    Thanks for that, Kev, great to see
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    I remember Bryant mand May very well. My dad worked there for a number
    of years, he was from King Street ( under the bridge) he tried to get me a
    job there once, got an interview but it wasnt meant to be as I failed the maths test (never mind). I have fond memories of King Street. I never lived there but my dad did and we used to have great nights out in the Queen Vic.
    I remember on occasion John Aldrige and Ray Houghton being in there with Johns dad Billy, being a red I was very impressed that my dad was mates with
    the great players dad. Yes I have very happy memories of such a stong close
    community.
    Would love to hear from anyone who drank in Vic in the 80s and might remember my dad, his name was Jack Winckle (theres a name you couldnt forget)
    crackin site by the way cant come off it. get carried away and end up losin track of time.

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    A great post, my mum and dad might remember the name, btw, here's some upto date pics of the B and M site: Click and scroll down.....
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    This is the Matchworks building mentioned in another thread.

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    "At one time, was THE ONLY producer of wooden matches in the UK."

    This has got to refer to the last years of the factory, when it was a fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie View Post
    I remember Bryant mand May very well. My dad worked there for a number
    of years, he was from King Street ( under the bridge) he tried to get me a
    job there once, got an interview but it wasnt meant to be as I failed the maths test (never mind). I have fond memories of King Street. I never lived there but my dad did and we used to have great nights out in the Queen Vic.
    I remember on occasion John Aldrige and Ray Houghton being in there with Johns dad Billy, being a red I was very impressed that my dad was mates with
    the great players dad. Yes I have very happy memories of such a stong close
    community.
    Would love to hear from anyone who drank in Vic in the 80s and might remember my dad, his name was Jack Winckle (theres a name you couldnt forget)
    crackin site by the way cant come off it. get carried away and end up losin track of time.
    Thanks for that, photos great, didnt the factory end up being a film studio?

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    Thanks for photos, didnt the matchworks end up being a film studio or was that a rumour. Sorry about putting my reply on the quote, just learnin (me being a newbie)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie View Post
    Thanks for that, photos great, didnt the factory end up being a film studio?
    Most of it is a call centre, but there were other occupants, like the NHS.
    I don't know about a film studio, but I don't think so, as I worked in the call centre.

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    Intresting to know about the call centre, im lookin for a new job so i might
    give it a try. I might be lucky second time around in that building. Can anyone out there give me any ideas of maybe who to get in touch with about
    a position there? tar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie View Post
    Intresting to know about the call centre, im lookin for a new job so i might
    give it a try. I might be lucky second time around in that building. Can anyone out there give me any ideas of maybe who to get in touch with about
    a position there? tar
    The firm who run the call centre is called Vertex.
    Get in touch with them direct, or ask at your local JobCentre.
    I don't think they employ as many people as they did, but the turnover of staff was always rather big.
    They called it "Churn".

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    Thanks for that phil, Ill give them a ring in the mornin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie View Post
    I remember Bryant mand May very well. My dad worked there for a number
    of years, he was from King Street ( under the bridge) he tried to get me a
    job there once, got an interview but it wasnt meant to be as I failed the maths test (never mind). I have fond memories of King Street. I never lived there but my dad did and we used to have great nights out in the Queen Vic.
    I remember on occasion John Aldrige and Ray Houghton being in there with Johns dad Billy, being a red I was very impressed that my dad was mates with
    the great players dad. Yes I have very happy memories of such a stong close
    community.
    Would love to hear from anyone who drank in Vic in the 80s and might remember my dad, his name was Jack Winckle (theres a name you couldnt forget)
    crackin site by the way cant come off it. get carried away and end up losin track of time.



    Hi Jackie
    I originate from Lyon Street facing Banks Road school and park,got married and moved to Shakespeare Street and now in Runcorn. Was never a regular at the Vic but i have used that pub. I do know a family of Winkles, Roy and Norma had 2 sons and a daughter, many years ago they lived in a street opposite the Garston Empire, they moved up to Runcorn about 40 years ago. Before moving to Runcorn Roy worked at Mortons down the bottom end of Window Lane and in Runcorn he worked in the Manchester ship canal workshops as an engineer. anything else you would like to know about Garston would be happy to try and oblige.
    Genie

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