FORMER colleagues from a now-defunct engineering firm are gearing up for their eighth annual reunion.
Ian Campbell is once again organising a gathering for anyone who worked at Foster Wheeler Power Products, in Brenda Road, Hartlepool.
Ian, who turns 64 on Thursday, said between 35 and 45 people usually attend the event, held at The Clarendon pub, in Tower Street, Hartlepool on the first Friday in September.
The dad-of-one is in remission from bowel cancer, having been diagnosed in 2009, and the Mail reported previously that he had to miss 2011’s reunion due to treatment.
Attending 2011’s reunion for the first time was the firm’s former quality manager Eddie Johnson, 82.
But Ian, from Queensland Road, said: “Unfortunately we lost Eddie in March. The last time I spoke to him earlier this year, his last words to me were ‘see you in September’. A couple of months later I was at his funeral.”
Ian, who worked as a turner and later a shop steward for Foster Wheelers from 1980 to 1990, is due for a check-up next week at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, but said: “I’m still alive and kicking. The lads always say ‘see you next year’, that’s a positive.”
The grandfather-of-two, married to Sandra, added: “We always hope to get some new faces. I’ve met a couple of the lads in town, they are passing the word around, and this publicity in the Mail each year helps remind people.”
The event takes place at the Clarendon from 7pm on Friday, September 6. Call Ian on (01429) 422074 for more details about the reunion.