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Daisymay70 Mon 30-May-11 17:27:14

Are there any nannys here like me who worked in factories I am asking as there seem to be a lot of professional nannies here nothink wtong with hat at all.
I worked making sweets then in a loo roll factory
then biscuits loved all the people there so friendly hd wireless on but couldnt hear it much over the noise of the machines.
My mum wanted me to learn trafe in dressmaking but i hated sewing at school and knew I wouldnt like it the area I was bought up in Londons east end had lots pf factorys so could always get a job.
Pleas excuse any spelling mistakes s i hace a cateract forming making my eye a bit blurry

Notsogrand Mon 30-May-11 17:51:52

I worked in a factory for 2 weeks only....making spectacle frames. I was quite young, about 16, working with much older men and women. I couldn't cope I'm afraid. The language and very rude comments almost paralysed me with embarrassment. blush
Such a shame, because the women in particular were a nice crowd. After that experience I was too scared to try any other factory work!

HildaW Mon 30-May-11 18:10:02

Did not work in a factory..but can remember being very embarrassed in my first job...Saturday girl in the mid 70s. I was very shy and not very worldly.erent I was on 'Surgical' ....there were diff departments then...I wore a white overall not like the glamorous girls on the make-up. It was mostly baby food, loo roll and bandages but will always remember the day a young man asked me for 'protection' I had absolutely no idea what he was on about and asked another member of staff for it, in quite a clear voice. Her facial expression stopped me in my tracks and the penny began very slowly to drop. I went so very red and actually ran to the staff room door to hide upstairs untill someone came to find me. Would not happen nowadays, and yet those were supposed to be enlightenend times.

Granieee Mon 30-May-11 19:54:58

Hello all
My first job was in a printers, I worked on the bench and used to wear an overall. This included folding large sheets (Mothers Union Mag) putting in the staples on the spine and taking a whole pile of then to the guillotine for cutting. I had to walk down a flight of stairs with a large unsteady pile and yes I did drop some blush the rest of the print room always gave a big cheer, at 15 it was awful! I only left when I got married and moved from Sheffield to Nuneaton. I stayed there until I was 20.
Having said that, it was the job I enjoyed most of all.
All my friends worked in offices and I did go to to night school and studied shorthand (Pittman) and typing. I managed a good pass and managed to get a good job in a local solicitor, when push came to shove, I didn't want to leave the printers so I stayed. No disgrace in working in a factory (specially when the money was far higher than an office job) wink
Love and hugs

Daisymay70 Mon 30-May-11 20:42:32

Ganiee I too enjoyed my years when I did factory work met some lovely genuine people had a laugh and as for bad language the men didnt use it in front of us girls I think you hear swearing more today people seem to swear all the time in conversations on buses walkin in the sreet everywhere even in offices I dis have one offuce job and hated it just wasnt for me ,.,
please excuse mistakes I may have made hac=ve a cateract coming eye a bit blurry I have to put this in all my posts case ive pressed the wrong number on my keyboard lol

tjspompa Tue 31-May-11 07:05:20

Having worked in manufacturing most of my working life, I find this thread a little odd. I started as an apprentice in the machine tool industry, moved on to TV manufacture and finally to instrumentation. I started on the bench and ended up as a production engineer, but as far as I was concerned this was factory work. With the demise of British manufacturing, especially the machine tool sector, and the millions of people that were employed, I always wonder just where those people work now, and if we don't manufacture products for export, how does the country make money?.

When I worked at the major TV plant in the UK, they employed 22000 people in the area, all of those sites are now retail outlets employing a fraction of that number.

I worked for Age Concern in care for the last years of my working life, whilst this was worthwhile, I still felt I never actually made anything !

OK , I'll get down from my soapbox.

crimson Tue 31-May-11 13:17:10

I'm still angry at what has happened to Terrys in York and Cadburys in Birmingham [although I'm not up to speed with what's happening at Cadburys]. We were a manufacturing Nation that became office workers. Whole communities existed around those factories, and, when the factory went the community went with it. We passed by The Brush at Loughborough yesterday on the train. Still going, but much smaller than in it's heyday...Loughborough 'WAS The Brush. Anyways, moving swiftly on, I worked at the airport for a few weeks doing the in flight catering..there was something nice about turning up, doing my job and then going home, and, yes, the camaraderie was great.

tjspompa Tue 31-May-11 20:53:26

You are right Crimson, many of our towns relied on one or two major manufacturers for the lively-hood of most of their inhabitants, either directly or indirectly, most of those industries have gone, look at any knife made pre 1970 -- made in Sheffield !!! no longer, the Sheffield steel industry is a sad ghost of it's proud past.

grannyactivist Tue 31-May-11 21:31:18

I was one of eight children of working class (divorced) parents and my mother used to lecture us about our schoolwork with the 'threat' that we'd end up working in Woolworths or a factory (like she and my dad did) if we didn't work hard at school. One sister is a businesswoman, three work for British Airways as cabin crew and I'm a retired social worker/teacher. My three brothers are a social worker, a baker and a retired gardener (disabled). My mum is delighted that we all have/had 'good' jobs.

any Tue 07-Jun-11 00:03:25

I was a mill girl and loved every minute of it, it was a big carpet mill and the smell was wonderful, we played cricket at dinner time or went swimming at the baths up the road AND we were on piece work, and as you all say its all gone now to make places for offices, so many happy memories.

Joan Tue 07-Jun-11 06:29:25

I did student jobs in factories from time to time. After leaving school I got am office job to start that October, so Dad, a foreman spinner, got me a job in the mill as a piecener between July and October. I loved working with those old men - they had so many tales to tell about the 'olden' days. Then I started my civil service job among judgmental snobs. I was a square peg in a round hole, and eventually took myself off to Austria as an 'au pair'. (Then I came home, met a sailor and got married)

I always did clerical jobs out of necessity after that. Too lazy for factory or mill work - don't like working standing up!!