|TV Service Room 2|
Rooms Circa 1955 (from Stuart Cowgill - August, 2007)
Top Floor = Offices
Centre Floor = Radio & TV Workshops
Building on right was the Loading Bay
Some dispute currently ongoing (February, 2017) ......
Tony Brown would "bet his house" and, being in a WDH bungalow, I might take him on !
Obviously rooms and particularly
occupants changed over the years but I tend to agree with Stuart
Cowgill's notes (above):
The first person to greet me on my
arrival was Tony Stokes who pointed to 'Room 2' but had to escort me
Jim Whittaker and Trevor Pearson were 'improvers' and impressed me greatly. Other apprentices arrived in due course, (to Room 2), including Frank Cawthron and Philip Gavin, ("Haggis"), who of course originated from Glasgow but moved to Wakefield when his Dad took a position as a prison officer at Wakefield jail. His Dad later moved as governor of an 'open prison' in Kent and finally as assistant governor at larger prison Winchester. However Phil was fed up of moving and decided to stop and complete his apprenticeship with Isherwood's.
Ian Lindley joined Room 2 some time later from the Radio Room where he had worked with Dick Simms, Jim Wales and others. His brother Robin worked in the Electrical department.
Improvers such as Jim Whittaker and Duncan Thornton left for National Service and this allowed apprentices such as myself to 'leapfrog' promotion to some extent. Service Manager George Crossland remarked that we were 'underpaid engineers' but we never got an increase in pay!
I left George Street in September,
1959 to run the new 'Tube Factory' with David Inman.
On the closure of the 'Tube
Factory' - the Auditor's remarked that this had been the most profitable
section of Isherwoods - I returned to TV Service, initially at South
Elmsall with Manager Frank Brighton, Peter Whitehead, Frank Brunt and
others - I later moved back to George Street - the
Lindley's building - doing all
the chargeable TV work.
All this is irrelevant really, the
reason for me setting up this website following a course in 'Telematics'
at Wakefield College in 2002 was - and still is - as a tribute to Alwyn
Isherwood who gave us all an excellent apprenticeship and, together with
Service Manager and part time course lecturer at Wakefield College,
encouraged us all to progress in the industry.
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