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Helen F
Warrington
376 of 385  Mon 21st Nov 2022 11:08pm  

Hi Bloodnut, welcome to the forum Wave
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Deannottz
Nottingham
377 of 385  Thu 1st Dec 2022 5:26pm  

On 3rd Feb 2022 5:52pm, Phowes1958 said: Hi all. My late dad worked at Courthouse Green from late 50s through to closure - Harold Howes, known to some as Harry or H. I know he worked on the track and also rectification, later becoming a foreman before moving into the Training School working with the apprentices. Big mates with Ron Floyd and Harry Barratt. I am sure he was involved in moving parts of the track to the Transport Museum in the early eighties after it was announced they were closing down. Early sixties he was on BMC working parties to Algiers (63) and Stockholm (65). Anybody else remember relatives going to work away for three months at a time (I do have quite a lot of pics of their time in Algeria and Sweden). Also remember as kids me and my brother going to the club and playing table tennis while dads were in the bar or playing snooker. Any of the ex-apprentices remember him? Great thread! Phil
Hi Phil. Was your dad there until the end of September 1982 as one of the few who were stripping out the factory?
dmcpherson

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BobH
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
378 of 385  Mon 12th Feb 2024 9:26am  

Hi, (to everybody still out there), I'm not sure many (if any) of you will remember me. I had 4 very happy years (1974-1978), at what was then called Coventry Engine Plant, in management. I was Cost & Financial Manager for the first 2 years and then 2 more years as the Financial Controller. I had a severe limp and walked with leg calipers - polio at age 7. Here are some names I remember that I have not seen in all your submissions:- Eddie Cowley/Bert Tonks/Herbert Raschke/Mark Yeatman-Read/David Hewitt/Jim Shipp/Frank Russell/Bob Smith/Tony Jennings/Ken Hollis/Neil Taylor/George (G.D.) Steele/Joe Greatorex/the Noon sisters/Ron Cripps. I have more details if any of you want to know, and thanks to Mr. Beard for his sterling efforts. I now live in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand and have a Thai wife. As I am now only able to get around in a wheelchair, my previous annual visits back to the UK are a lot more problematic. BobH
Bob

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Helen F
Warrington
379 of 385  Mon 12th Feb 2024 10:07am  

Hi BobH, welcome to the forum Wave Sorry to hear about your mobility problems. I hope some of your former colleagues spot your post and get in touch. It does happen but often there is a long wait.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
380 of 385  Mon 12th Feb 2024 11:45am  

Welcome BobH - enjoy the old-Cov content Cheers
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Not Local
Bedworth
381 of 385  Fri 23rd Feb 2024 6:53pm  

In 1972 I worked with Eddie Cowley's wife in Stratford On Avon for a few months. I only met him very briefly but was aware that he was in management at Morris Engines. He drove a maroon Jaguar XJ6 and his wife drove a very nice red MGB. They lived in what was then a new house next to the river in Tiddington.
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Mick Strong
Coventry
382 of 385  Mon 11th Mar 2024 9:05am  

On 13th Oct 2017 7:33am, Midland Red said: Photo from 1970
Without a doubt, this was the best football pitch in the Coventry Works League. Used to love playing there.
Mick Strong

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Positively Pottering
East Midlands
383 of 385  Mon 11th Mar 2024 9:39am  

Thought the Alvis pitch on Holyhead Road/Four Pounds Avenue was bostin too Mick. The DIY shop in the foreground was one of many scenes of great embarrassment for me as a very young inexperienced Post Office telephone engineer in the mid 70s. There was a planphone telephone system with an external extension to their other shop on the opposite side of the road closer to the railway bridge and neither premises could communicate with each other. I spent hours and hours trying to figure what was wrong and to this day I can't figure out how I got it to work........eventually Blush
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walrus
cheshire
384 of 385  Mon 11th Mar 2024 12:06pm  

That shop was Maslins. I went to Courthouse Green school with the owner's son, Michael. The Morris sports facilities were great, loved the piping hot deep baths.
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BobH
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
385 of 385  Tue 30th Apr 2024 12:10pm  

In response to Not Local saying worked with Eddie Cowley's wife in Stratford. He was a great boss for me and although I moved on, and the plant closed, I used to receive a Christmas card from him every year with a long and encouraging letter attached. Eventually he passed on and his letters are not with me here in Ubon, Thailand - they are still back in England. Coventry Engines (as it was called then) are, for me, happy memories - great hard-working people.
Bob

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