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leyland motors - mick hart arty - 04-Dec-2007 07:06 AM

gday served my app their 73 to 79 loved it best training in the world . memories of the great food canteens taxis to and from and all tools suplied.crying shame that leyland died, iremember albert in south works canteen i think he was gay doing breakfast sos bacon stop (scratch his bum) eggs toast (scratch the front bit) and serve it up.all loaded on a trolley with a big ern of tea. sit on the bench when the hooter went and enjoy .lunch up the motors club in our clogs (SUPPLIED)few pints salad&cheese roll, snooker and back to work LATE.. no worries mates clocked you back in all good . SEEYA ARTY


- Tosh - 28-Dec-2008 03:43 AM

Hey Arty.......I laughed out loud when I read that stuff about Albert...so many memories...Im Tosh and I used to do the bacon butty run in the mornings and choc ice run in the afternoons!.....there was always two of us (usually John Harris or Chris Hanley) Albert was trying to grab one of us whilst the other borrowed a few choc ices from the freezer for profit
I finished my time at Spurrier then got transferred out to Leyland South Africa.....I now live in Sydney with many kids.....cheers


- Beryl147 - 26-May-2010 06:01 AM

Hi Mick Ray Rowe here I am from Australia I went to England in 1951 and had trials with Blackpool and Preston FC with my brother Neville after the trial with Preston Wiil Scott was the Manger then and he said he would sign me on but not my brother so I said if he don't want my brother I would not sign so I never signed but the Preston people said would we like to play for Leyland Motors so we agreed so Leyland got us a job in the engine shop at Leyland Motors and we played for the team for three years 1952 1953 1954 I wore clogs to work.more later on.


RE: leyland motors - Logo - 02-May-2013 07:53 PM

Hi Arty,
I always wondered what the real reason for Leyland Motors' decline was, and after reading your message I know! I suppose we should blame lax supervision for allowing the antics you described, but in a disastrous industrial scene which existed in 1973 I'd say the workforce brought it on themselves. Unionism came into being with honourable intentions, but in the end became a self-destroying disgrace. R.I.P. Leyland Motors!


RE: leyland motors - filmoss - 03-May-2013 07:04 PM

(02-May-2013 07:53 PM)Logo Wrote:  Hi Arty,
I always wondered what the real reason for Leyland Motors' decline was, and after reading your message I know! I suppose we should blame lax supervision for allowing the antics you described, but in a disastrous industrial scene which existed in 1973 I'd say the workforce brought it on themselves. Unionism came into being with honourable intentions, but in the end became a self-destroying disgrace. R.I.P. Leyland Motors!

I bet you're a bundle of laughs down the pub ! Cool


RE: leyland motors - noel - 04-May-2013 10:43 AM

No need for the sarcasm Phil.


RE: leyland motors - filmoss - 04-May-2013 11:59 AM

(04-May-2013 10:43 AM)noel Wrote:  No need for the sarcasm Phil.

Why not, he sounds like a right killjoy !


RE: leyland motors - noel - 04-May-2013 03:14 PM

He's entitled to his views and to some extent I agree with them, the strike in the late sixties and signs on the centurion way bridge "we'll show them who rules the world", yes that was actually written on the bridge during the dispute, for parity with the midlands served no good purpose whatsoever.


RE: leyland motors - anacortesdamp - 15-Oct-2018 07:51 PM

I think the merger of BMC cars with the Leyland group, which included Triumph, was the start of the end. It brought the very militant union men who had caused such mayhem at BMC into LML. They proceeded to do the same at LML.

The subsequent merger (take-over?) of Leyland's bus & truck business by Volvo worked for a while and and I think still exists as Volvo Bus at the plant that LML built, originally to make the single-deckers.

Unfortunately it did nothing to stop the rot in the facilities LML had in the Leyland area. I watched the demise from the Midlands, then from Washington State in the US.

Frank D.


RE: leyland motors - noel - 16-Oct-2018 08:53 AM

The truck plant is owned by Paccar now Frank and seems to be busy but with a vastly reduced workforce. The plant is at the far end of the old Spurrier works built around 30 years ago and the old Spurrier works is a group of independent companies and a short cut between Croston Road and centurion way