‘Don’t let our reunion fall flat next year’

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IT was a case of lucky 13 when an annual reunion for former engineering colleagues was held.

A get-together was held for former workers of the now-defunct Foster Wheeler Power Products, which was based in Brenda Road, Hartlepool.

It took place at The Clarendon pub, in Tower Street.

Organiser Ian Campbell, who worked as a turner and later a shop steward for the firm from 1980 to 1990, appeared in Together Again previously, appealing for more of the lads to get along after just 14 braved poor weather for last year’s event.

But during this most recent reunion, held on Friday, September 5, just 13 former staff members turned up.

However, a great night was had by all.

Ian, of Queensland Road, said: “We had 13 turn up, but I got phone calls and messages and five of the lads are working out of town now, so good luck to them, they are the younger ones.
“I’m saying younger – they are in their 40s and 50s.

“Another six were on their holidays.

“Of course, we still had a good night. The ones that did come were hardcore – we had regular faces like Denis Bowman and George Cooper.”

But Ian said he hoped more people would make an effort next year, which marks 25 years since Foster Wheelers closed.

“It was disappointing in a way that other people could’ve attended who weren’t on holiday or working,” he said.

“I would like more to attend and push it for next year. I just hope it’s not going to fall flat. The lads there on the Friday night said ‘you can’t fault this, catching up’.”