FORMER engineering colleagues are doing a “rain dance” to keep the bad weather away ahead of a works reunion.
The yearly Foster Wheeler Power Products reunion will be held at The Clarendon pub in Tower Street, Hartlepool, from 7pm on Friday, September 5.
Together Again reported at the time that last year’s event went ahead despite torrential rain and flooding.
The event usually attracts up to 40 former staff members, but just 14 braved the elements last year.
This year, organiser Ian Campbell said he hopes more will make the effort this year to get along.
Ian, who turns 65 this Friday and lives in Queensland Road, Hartlepool, said: “Last year’s weather was absolutely horrendous and only 14 turned up.
“Fingers crossed we get good weather this time and more of the lads back.”
He said next year will be 25 years since Foster Wheelers closed its premises in Brenda Road.
The reunion has been running since 2007.
Ian, who has been in remission from bowel cancer for five years, added: “George Cooper was at a wedding with a lad we used to work with called Rossy and George said he will definitely be coming, I think he’s 86 now.
“I always get a few phone calls from the lads asking how I’m doing.”
Ian, who is married to Sandra and dad to Debbie, who has two children with another on the way, worked as a turner and later a shop steward for the firm from 1980 to 1990, the year the firm closed.
Anyone who wants to find out more about the Foster Wheeler reunion can call Ian on (01429) 422074.