Guestbook NEW

I thought it would be good for people to leave comments – this is a new page under test – please feel free to post, especially if you have memories to share.

6 thoughts on “Guestbook NEW

  1. Roger Deans

    Many thanks Andrew for the idea of this forum. Probably the best thing that anyone who worked at the steelworks will remember, are the friendships made whist working there. Hopefully this site may help old lost ‘mates’ get in touch. Also a chance to add memories that should not be lost.

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  2. Roger Deans

    I have just read an article on the 1980 strike in the steel industry. It’s hard to believe the absolute rubbish written on this catastrophe that wrecked not only the industry but also the lives of many steelworkers. Bilston was dragged into this fruitless attempt to extort money by the left wing party whose only thoughts was to ruin the country.
    The works was already under the threat of closure yet a nieve workforce egged on by red shop stewards voted to strike. For thirteen weeks they bravely, pointlessly picketed and were totally ignored by most drivers. At the end of the day we had to admit total defeat (no matter what people say about victory) crawl back, tails between our legs, thirteen weeks without pay and closure.
    Talk about giving management exactly what they wanted.
    While on the picket line I saw the best and the worst of steelworkers. The best being the comradeship, the worst being the violent flying pickets. We were criticised for not taking the strike seriously by shop stewards after we were seen kicking a football around and for joking with the police. Serious stuff eh.?

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  3. Roger Deans

    I wonder if the steelworkers of today realise the sacrifice made in the 1970s ans 80s by the now, pensioners that are being asked to bail out their jobs. Bilston would have stayed in profit if it weren’t for the over capacity of the South Wales blast furnaces. I tend to think that it hasn’t crossed their minds. I hope that one of them may read this comment and say many thanks to the men of Bilston for their futures.

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  4. Stefan Curtis

    Very interesting website. My father who is now in his 80’s worked at the works in his late teens which would of been in the late 1950’s.
    He was one of the first generation poles to come to England after the war. I saw in one of the aerial photo’s there was a polish camp of huts beside the sports field.
    He worked in the rolling mills apparently & also in a part of the works where he was cutting red hot steel with a huge circular saw.
    Occasionally red hot lumps of swarf would fly off & whistle past his head! The window glass behind him was broken by the flying debris. On one occasion a lump of hot metal stuck in his face just below his eye but he was okay!
    I called my father & told him of this website. I will show him when I visit him next.

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  5. Andrew Post author

    From Debra Dickinson. 2 June 2019:

    This is a fabulous innovative website.
    I moved to Ettingshall and the wealth of folklore about “Elizabeth” is phenomenal!!!!
    I love that our recent past is being acknowledged and is providing us with a frame of reference about the people we are.
    The steelworks were the beating heart of Bilston; she was the fire in people’s very soul!!!
    I’d like every house that’s been built on the site to have a plaque… she was a member of the community, just like Dickens or Darwin!!!

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