1970 – 1972, Steel News


Original Cutting (from Blast Furnace office wall)

Original Cutting (from Blast Furnace office wall)

This was Elisabeth’s way of welcoming new manager David Hunter on his arrival!


New Works Manager

New Works Manager

Appointment of Roy Mortimore as Works Manager.


Sportsmen Get Trophies

Sportsmen Get Trophies

I knew John Elsmore when in Sales at Wolverhampton Works. John was the Production Controller and the man I relied on when customers chased their orders. He also had a very nice red Ford Capri GTXL (Mk. IA).


Export Effort

Export Effort

Plaudits for Bilston in April 1971.


Reline for Elisabeth

Reline for Elisabeth

Interesting picture taken looking up inside Elisabeth. The four ports for the gas offtakes are clearly visible. The entire charging system and hopper has been removed and although there is a lot of equipment above we are actually looking up into open air – note the sun’s shadow towards the bottom of the picture.


Elizabeth re-lights Elisabeth

Elizabeth re-lights Elisabeth

Wonderful picture of then General Manager Derek Saul’s daughter Elisabeth (incorrectly spelled with a ‘z’ – see under Gallery/Relining Elisabeth) bravely lighting Elisabeth to commence the fifth campaign. Helping hold the torch is Sid Beesley; David Hunter has his back to the camera, smoking a pipe and wearing his distinctive metal safety helmet.


Engineers Trophy

Shooting Prize : October 1971

Wearing his Royal Navy blazer, Cyril (‘Sid’) Beesley who worked in blast furnace raw materials control picks up the works shooting prize alongside runner-up Ted Timmins who worked in the blast furnace office; I was his right hand man – for a year !


January 1972

January 1972

Announcing a new structure for the Special Steels Division along with promotions for Derek Saul and Humphrey Hawksley. Mr Saul was replaced by Mr Peter D. Allen and I believe Mr Hawksley was replaced by Mr G. Forster.


Humour in Steel News

Humour in Steel News

Cartoon from March 1972 when Britain suffered power cuts during a miners strike.


Engineers Trophy

Engineers Trophy

Peter Allen presenting an award to Ted Hallwood of C.E.S. in June 1972.


November 1972

November 1972

Appointment of Roy Mortimore as Acting General Manager following the departure of Mr Peter Allen.


Mayoral Visit

Mayoral Visit

Bilston works was always on the list of key workplaces for civic visitations.


New Chargers

New Chargers

New overhead cranes installed for the soaking pits in the rolling mill.