Former colleagues set to meet up – 25 years after their workplace closed

Former colleagues at a previous reunion at the Clarendon pub, in Tower Street, Hartlepool.
Former colleagues at a previous reunion at the Clarendon pub, in Tower Street, Hartlepool.

Former colleagues are set to reunite to mark a quarter of a century since their workplace closed.

Foster Wheeler Power Products, which was in Brenda Road, Hartlepool, shut in 1990, and former workers there have met up once a year since 2007.

“It’s always a very positive get-together, and I just like to keep it going

Ian Campbell

The get-together takes place at The Clarendon pub, in Tower Street, and this year’s reunion will take place from 7pm on September 4.

Foster Wheeler opened in the 1960s, and employed as many as 250 people at one stage.

The company made generators for submarines and boilers, but after a short spell of management by Rolls-Royce, it closed down.

The annual reunion of its workers is organised by Ian Campbell, who worked as a turner and later a shop steward for Foster Wheelers from 1980 to 1990.

Mr Campbell, 66, said: “The reunion goes back to 2007, when one of our colleagues died.

“At his wake, one of the lads said, ‘Why wait until funerals to get together?’, and it was then up to me to organise a reunion every year.

“We just get together and go over past times. We’re all getting older now, and there are fewer of us, but this is always good for the older ones, because you don’t see them in the town very often.

“It’s always a very positive get-together, and I just like to keep it going.”

Mr Campbell has fond memories of his years at Foster Wheeler, and is looking forward to meeting up with old friends again.

He expects about 20 people to attend the reunion.

Mr Campbell added: “I have very happy memories of my time at Foster Wheeler.

“It was a good place to work, and I played football and cricket for them.

“In 1990, though, we were all looking for jobs and went our seperate ways, which is why it’s always good to have this catch-up and reminisce.”