LOOKING BACK - February 6 edition

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Bluemel Bros at Wolston 1983

This picture of employees at Bluemel Bros in Wolston was taken in July 1983, just before the site closed down.
Along with the one below, it belongs to Mike Bennett who worked there and is pictured second from the left, standing on the back row. He’s sorry he can’t remember everyone’s name, but if you recognise yourselves please get in touch to fill in the blanks.
Next to him was Joyce ? and the other men were Derek Bird and John Beers. Seated (from left) were Sarah ?; Maureen Green; unknown.


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Mike Bennett hopes the pictures might bring back a few memories to anyone who worked at Bluemel Bros in Wolston. The company moved there from London in the early 1900s to be near the growing motor and cycle manufacturers in Coventry, taking over the former silk mill in Main Street. The business grew, developing into two main product groups, cycles - pumps, mudguards etc and motors - steering wheels and registration plates. By the early 1980s the business was in decline and in July 1983 the motor manufacturing side was closed down. Cycle component manufacture lasted a little longer. The last steering wheels were made for Chrysler at Ryton, which were for the Hunter KD programme for assembly in Iran. The pictures depict frame welding and injection moulding during that last production run.