BelowarephotosthathavebeenkindlysenttousshowingthepeoplethatworkedatDitchburnandmadetheMagic happen,ifyoucanhelpwithanymissingnames,oryearsthatthephotosweretakenitwouldbeveryhelpful,please send any further info or other photos to us using the contact button at the bottom of this page.
The first set of photos were sent to us by Tom Dolman via his partner Elizabeth Viool.
1, Fred Hanson Building Maintenance2, Charlie Nichols Machine Builder3, Jack Wilkie Labourer4, ???? 5, Tom Dolman Machine shop apprentice6, Frank Lever Machine shop7, Norman Lever Manager
Photo Ref: DB431 courtesy of Tom Dolman and Elizabeth Viool
Photo Ref: DB432 courtesy of Tom Dolman and Elizabeth Viool
1. David ?????? 2. Geoff Goods3. Harold Burnett Welder, Office Partition Dept.4. ??????5. ??????6. Tom Dolman Machine shop apprentice7. ?????? 8. Wilf ??????9. ??????10. ??????11. Reg Halloran Paint shop boss12. Ben ???? General labourer13. ??????14. Frank Lever Machine shop15. ??????
Photo Ref: DB433 courtesy of Tom Dolman and Elizabeth Viool
1. Reg SimpsonTelematic Relays2. Alan Steer Driver3. Ernie BennettStores4. Charlie BreamMachine Shop5. Frank LeverMachine shop6. Leslie DysonMechanism shop manager7. Peter WilkinsonPaint shop8. Bob Hawkey Assistant manager9. Bill Andrews Production Manager Juke box division
Ifyoucanhelpusfillinanyofthemissingnamesbelowpleaseusethecontactusbuttonatthebottomofthe page and send us the name and reference number and we will add it to the list
ThisnextsetofphotosweresenttousbyJohnCrompton(jukeboxshop.co.uk)takenatthe1959conferenceatthe Savoy Hotel in Blackpool
Arthur Phillips has sent us his recollections of the people in the above photograph …… 1RegSimpson,ElectricalTest,mymateRegwasafootballerhestartedwithDitchburnin 1952 or there about while playing for Preston North End football club.2 Alan Steer, Driver for juke boxes the only driver we had at head office.3 Ernie Bennett, worked in the Stores he started in 1955 and continued till the end.4 Charlie Bream, Machine Shop, he was a wizard on all the machines in the shop.5 Frank Lever, Machine shop, he was a very quiet director starting with Ditchburn in 1948.6LeslieDyson,Mechanismshopmanagerhestartedin1955justbeforeDitchburnbought the mk2 from Hawtin with 30 juke boxes.7PeterWilkinson,fromthepaintshopHestartedin1950andwasinchargeby1960and left when the company closed8BobHawkey,hewasassistantmanagertoBill Andrews,weplayedfootballtogetherand couldonlyjustgetateam.WhenheleftDitchburnhewenttoworkatBisphamPolice Stationasacivilian.WeusedtocallhimHawk-eye,heretiredtoSpainwhichhehad always wanted to do and died there.9BillAndrews,theproductionmanagertothejukeboxdivision,Billdiedin1981hehad been ill for years but no one knew as he kept it quiet.Icouldwritesomethingonmostofthem,theywereallgoodfriendsandcolleagues,some ofthemweresortoffamilymembers.Bill Andrewswasatschoolwithmymotherin1905 heleftwhenhewas14takingonanapprenticeshipwithCunliffeswhoweregasengineers andlaterelectricians,Billservedhistimeasplumberelectricianbuthealwayshad somethingwrongwithhiseyeshisvisionwasnotnormalhehadpinholespectacles,oneof theblokesthoughthewouldcatchhimoutbutwasverysurprisedwhenbilltookhimon onesideandtoldhimhemighthavepinholespecsbuthecouldseemorethananyone else,butbillcouldnotdrivebecauseofhislimitedvision.BillDiedin1981onthedayIwas going to visit him, RIP Bill.Arthur Phillips
Photo Ref: DB571 Courtesy of Paul Walker
Photo Ref: DB572 Courtesy of Paul Walker
Photo Ref: DB573 Courtesy of Paul Walker
Photo Ref: DB574 Courtesy of Paul Walker
Below are photos sent to us by Paul Walker of the Ditchburn Annual Sales Conferences