SOUTH MOOR & STANLEY
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
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.
The whole team pose for a photograph
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
Christmas party 1955
Christmas party 1955
All the girls look to have a bottle of Babycham
More 1950s fun at South Moor
Christmas party 1956
Another party in 1957
Time for fun in 1958
Monica Lawson (Howe) Cindy Morton and Jenny Parker (Stalker) taking a break.
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