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1. Posted 09-09-18 via Facebook messenger                                  From  Suzanne Taylor  
I   am   Suzanne   Taylor   and   i   am   just   with   my   91   year   old   mother   who   would   like   to   share   some memories   of   Ditchburn,      Her   name   is   Mary   Mead.   She   worked   for   Ditchburn   from   about   1955   to 1967.   First   as   a   clerk   in   the   general   office,   then   later   in   sales.   Mr   Norman   Lever   was   the   general manager,   and   Mr   Mike   Town   was   the   Sales   Manager.   She   worked   for   both   of   these   gentlemen,   Her friend   Hilary   Rhodes   worked   for   Mr   Bill   Andrews   the   works   manager,   and   another   friend   Val   Whittle (nee Preston) worked in the (vinyl) records department.
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I   was   an   apprentice   at   Ditchburn’s   in   1968   and   worked   alongside   Arthur   Philips,   Peter   O'Dea,   Roy Kerry   and   an   old   guy   called   Bob   who   was   somewhat   deaf.   He   also   had   the   habit   of   falling   asleep   at his   workbench   with   a   live   amplifier   in   front   of   it   which   often   resulted   in   a   sudden   awakening.   Peter O'Dea   and   myself   were   of   a   similar   age   and   renowned   amongst   the   workforce   as   the   factory pranksters. Happy days!
2. Posted 04-10-18 via Facebook messenger                                  From  Roy Livingstone  
My father worked for Ditchburn’s he would have started there early-to-mid 1970s, and worked there well into the 1980s. His name is Dave (David) Braebaum.
3. Posted 02-10-18 via Facebook messenger                                  From  Neil Braebaum
Thank   you   for   the   article   on   Ditchburn’s   of   Dock   Rd   Lytham.   I   had   a   friend   who   worked   there   for   a time,   he   took   me   to   his   work   place,   one   Saturday   I   think   it   was,   and   showed   me   what   he   was   working on.   This   involved   a   continuous   loop   of   recording   tape   on   a   special   tape   player.   The   tape   had   some sort   of   dry   lubricant   on   one   side   so   it   play   continuously   from   one   spool   feeding   out   from   the   centre   of the   spool   and   returning   to   the   outside.   My   friend   was   called   Roy   Potter,   he   spent   most   of   his   working life   at   what   is   now   called   BAe   but   I   know   he   enjoyed   his   time   at   Ditchburn’s   working   on   these   tapes. Do you remember him at all? Roy   did   a   lot   of   work   voluntarily   for   the   cycle   clubs   and   helped   plan   many   of   the   cycle   routes   around the Fylde, received an honour for this work (MBE I think). He died about 5 or 6 years ago. Best wishes,  David Bennett
4. Posted 06-10-18 via Email                                                            From  David Bennett
5. Posted 03-03-19 via Email                                                            From  Ken Adams
I   joined   Ditchburn   Equipment   Ltd   in   1959   and   was   there   until   the   Juke   Box   business   was   sold   by BET   to   the   Gainesmead   Group   in   the   70's.      I   joined   to   take   over   the   job   of   Mr   Ditchburn,s   daughter, Joy,   who   was   leaving   to   get   married.   (To   Paul   Mills)   who   later   joined   the   company   as   Sales   Manager of   the   Vending   Division.   My   job   was   to   fun   the   Statistics   office,   with   3   very   able   ladies   as   staff.      At that    time    there    were    about    1200    machines    sited    throughout    the    country    and    20    or    so collector/engineers   looking   after   them.      We   received   their   reports   and   recorded   sites,   takings   and service    etc.    Phonographs    (Mr    Ditchburn    never    called    them    Juke    Boxes!)    the    models    were… (internally numbered within the company using the following system. The Mark 2 (16 45rpm records) The Mark 4 (a hideaway version with remote selection - and very unreliable) The Mark 5 (100 selection Tonomat and another problem machine) The Mark 6, (a 30 record conversion from the mark 2),  The Mark 7 (200 selection Tonomat unit that became the basis of the operation.  Later came the Mark 9 (Panoramic from Tonomat) These   were   before   the      Seeburgs   and   then   The   Wurlitzer’s   were   imported.      Happy   days   indeed.!                       The   machines   mark   numbers   were   always,   in   fact,   in   Roman   numerals.   There   was   no   Mark   I   or   III when   I   arrived   in   1959   and   I   assume   that   they   had   been   discarded   at   that   time.      The   Mark   IV   was definitely   the   16   selection   hideaway   model   and   the   Mark   V   the   100   selection   Tonomat.      I   only remember   the   Mark   VI   being   known   as   that,   the   30   selection   conversion   of   the   Mark   II.      By   1959   the were   only   45   rpm   records   used.      Although   Phonograph   was   used   generically,   all   the   Ditchburn machines,   before   the   Seeburgs   and   Wurlitzer’s,   were   known   as   Music   Makers   with   the   appropriate Mk   number.   The   Tonomat   200   became   the   Music   Maker   Mk   VII   etc.      Seeburgs   and   Wurlitzer’s   were always known by the names given by the manufacturers. By   that   time,   the   factory   was   only   being   used   for   repair   and   reconditioning.      Mr   Ditchburn's   first   task when   he   arrived   on   a   Monday   morning,   was   to   walk   round   the   factory.      He   knew   most   people   by name   and   was   very   highly   respected   by   the   staff.   I   was   involved   in   the   change   from   operating   to   sale and   rental   of   machines   and   then   the   introduction   and   development   of   Back   Ground   Music   Systems.     At the time of Gainesmead, I was Sales Manager of the Background Music division. I   am   happy   to   answer   any   questions   I   can   about   my   time   with   the   company.      I   do   have   a   couple   of photographs with Mr Ditchburn on and will dig these out for you.                                                                                                          Ken