The 97,947 reasons why these Hartlepool ladies were record breakers

The Reeds Corrugated workers.
The Reeds Corrugated workers.

Cardboard boxes may not sound like the most interesting of subjects.

But try telling that to the workers at Reeds Corrugates Cases in Hartlepool in 1969.

More of the award-winning Reeds Corrugated workers.

More of the award-winning Reeds Corrugated workers.

They were so good, 14 of them managed to produce 97,947 boxes within one day. It was a record for the factory and the cardboards boxes they produced were some of the biggest in the range they produced.

The team’s usual production for a day was between 50,000 and 70,000 boxes.

But a report at the time said: “It came as a complete surprise to the entire factory that in just eight hours, such a staggering amount of work had been completed.”

One of the record-breaking girls said: “The boxes were perfectly shape. Everything went just right and the 14 of us tried for a new target and succeeded.”

It was an unusual day in that the girls were working on just one type of box. Normally they can have a varied number of containers to work on. Nevertheless, they did a fantastic job and should feel very proud of their efforts

Clive Lovell

Clive Lovell was the section chief at the time.

He said: “We are hoping for more such records and feel great pride in their achievement.

“It was an unusual day in that the girls were working on just one type of box. Normally they can have a varied number of containers to work on.

“Nevertheless, they did a fantastic job and should feel very proud of their efforts. I know the management does.”

Works manager J Sharp decided the team of workers deserved an award and gave them a box of chocolates.

And to tie in with their epic efforts, it was a giant sized box.

Normally, the Hartlepool factory produced 100 different types and sizes of boxes for industries all over the world.

They included corrugated cases for washign machines through to boxes for cosmetics.

Were you part of the record-breaking team? Email chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk