Memory Lane Billy Parkes was my dad

Can anyone name the pipe mill workers in this picture taken at the 44" pipe mil around 40 years ago.
Can anyone name the pipe mill workers in this picture taken at the 44" pipe mil around 40 years ago.

WITH reference to the letter and photograph (Memory Lane, January 8), John Buttery was correct in identifying the man in the check shirt as Bill.

He was Billy Parkes and was my father.

Apart from the time he was in the navy during the war he worked at the steelworks all his life.

The man who was next to him was Joe Parkes (my cousin) and he was a foreman bricklayer.

My mother, Alice Parkes, also worked on an overhead crane in the steelworks during the war, and fell on one of the hot plates, burning her leg and both hands.

They were put into bags with drain holes so they could be treated, and she was in hospital for quite a time.

I believe airmen who were burnt were given similar treatment.

I hope this information is of help.

I know the faces of others in the photograph but not their names.

June Mekins,

The Drive,

Greatham.