SOUTH MOOR & STANLEY
COUNTY DURHAM

Glove production started just after the second world war above the Co-op store in Park Road South Moor and in 1959, having outgrown South Moor a new factory was opened in Anthony Street Stanley and as can be seen in the following photographs team spirit was important.

JUNE 18th 1959
THE NEW FACTORY at STANLEY
IS OPENED

Lord Lawson the local MP cut the ribbon and declared the new production facility open. By now some one hundred and fifty people were employed in making gloves.

14.1959 June 18th Opening Glove factory
The whole team pose for a photograph
16.1959 June 18th Opening Glove factory
Lord Lawson shakes hands with one of the machinists, on his right is David Pattison the factory manager and Richard Pinkham is on his left
13. 1959 June 18th Opening Glove factory (2)
Seen here in the centre with a white tie is Leslie Pinkham with Richard Pinkham to his left. At the very back looking back into the factory entrance is John Pinkham. The remainder of the party is thought to be the great and good of Stanley.f

 

 

Press article covering the opening

Stanley press release 19061959Glove Factory
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Stanley factory in 1959
Lord Lawson the local MP

At the opening of the new factory at Stanley on June 18th 1959 seen here being helped by Joan Clarke.

STANLEY OPENING WITH NUMBERS
NAMES TO FACES

 

1.  JOAN GREENER                       2.  JOAN NEALE

3.  LILY COATES                             4.  HAZEL FOREMAN

5.  SUSAN POTTS                            6.  JOYCE LITTLEFAIR

7.  JEAN PROUD                              8.  SHEILA CRAIG

9.  MARJORIE AINSWORTH     10. JENNY PHILLIPS

11. JOAN CLARKE                           12. JENNY STROKOE

13. CAROL FOSTER

Geoff Ellis
GEOFF ELLIS

Geoff  Ellis was a senior cutter at the Witham factory and moved up to the Stanley factory in 1959.

Geoff seen here with a few friends at the factory's Christmas party,the man wearing the bow tie was the factory manager David Pattison who had managed a kilt factory in Scotland before joining Pinkhams.

Geoff Ellis and friends

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Overalls logo
JOYCE LITTLEFAIR

Joyce seen here in the middle with a few friends at the opening of the Stanley factory in 1959. Note the Pinkham logo on her overall.

NEVER MISS A CHANCE TO PARTY

Working at the glove factory for many people encompassed not only their working lives but also played a large part in their social lives.

The photos below show something of the spirit of fun which existed.

Grateful thanks to Bob Drake for the following photographs.

5. Published 1953. Jan 1s. But probably Dec 1952.
Christmas 1952
Photo by Best DSC!
Christmas party 1955
. Pinkhams xmas party 1955.at South Moor.
Christmas party 1955

All the girls look to have a bottle of Babycham

8. Pinkhams Glove Factory S-Moor 1950's
More 1950s fun at South Moor
7. Pinkhams Glove factory South Moor.Published Jan 5th 1956
Christmas party 1956

More Babycham!!

10. Pinkhams Glove Factory 1957.
Another party in 1957
11. Pinkhams Glove Factory c 1958
Time for fun in 1958

Monica Lawson (Howe)  Cindy Morton and Jenny Parker (Stalker) taking a break.

18. Pinkhams Glove Factory 1959
Always smile when concentrating

Betty Glendening (Calvert) showing how it's done with Carole Foster looking on in the backgrpound.

NEVER MISS A CHANCE TO SING

Carol singing in the Stanley factory in December 1959

22.1960 Jan 1st Pinkhams factory carol singing.
Music, thanks to a reel to reel tape recorder
21. 1960 Jan 1st Pinkhams factory Carol singing.
Keep together now.
20.1960 Jan 1st Pinkhams Factory carol singing.
Who's singing the descant?
19. 1960 Jan 1st Pinkhams Factory carol singing.
We haven't made many gloves but do we feel good.