AROUND 400 people got their gladrags on for a reunion of past and present clothing factory staff.
A get-together was held for anyone who ever worked at BMB Clothing and its predecessors Price’s, John Collier’s and Alexandre, based in Powlett Road, Hartlepool.
Annette Clayton (nee Marshall), who helped to organise the event, held earlier this month at Owton Manor Social Club, in Wynyard Road, said: “I want to say a big thank you to the people who turned up.
“There were lots of older people from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
“It was absolutely brilliant, we couldn’t have asked for a better night.”
The night saw £150 raised for Hartlepool RNLI as former factory workers Ann Wray, Beryl Sherry, Liz Reeve, who are sisters, and Enid Birley, who attended the reunion, are all members of Hartlepool RNLI Enterprise Branch.
Among the other former staff members to go along were Jean O’Connor, 81, who spent all her working life at the factory, having started aged 15 in 1945 and retired in 1990.
Anna Marshall, who worked at the factory from 1968 to 1995, travelled from her home in Benidorm for the event and Sandra Hamilton, who was employed there from 1970 to 1995, flew from Bulgaria.
Annette, who has worked for the company since the 1970s, thanked the Mail for helping to promote the event and added: “We got a brilliant mix of people from managers to floor people.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better mix of people.
“Even though it had been years since we had seen everybody, it was as though we knew everyone from yesterday.
“It was worth all the effort and more, it was a really fantastic night.”
Annette, 54, from Owton Manor, who organised the event with fellow long-serving colleague Linda Weatherill (nee Sharp), said there was name badges at the door so people could identify each other and there was plenty of pictures of factory life over the years.
The mum of three, who started as a machinist in 1972 before progressing to supervisor, then production manager and quality assurance manager, said there are plans to hold another reunion next year.
The grandmother of two, who is married to Les, added: “It was all thanks to the Mail – your publicity really helped us.”