LETTER: Memories of turbines

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The photograph in RetroMail (Mail, May 14) shows the turbine house at Durham Paper Mills, Burn Road, Hartlepool.

The two men in the photograph could be Walter W Wilcox, chief engineer, and turbine operator Harry Lee.

There were three turbine operators, the others being George Hazelwood and George Wright.

The generator shown was rated at 3MW, 415 volts, 50 cycles, 3,000rpm.

It was used to supply power to all the machinery in the mill. To the left of the photograph is a turbine, manufactured by R M Parsons.

It was very noisy and used alternately with the BTH machine.

In the background, behind the turbine, is a set of chains. These operated an overhead gantry crane used for maintenance on both turbines. Happy memories.

Don Bartram,

Hutton Avenue,


Make your home secure

At the time of year, when we’re either going away on holiday or spending more time with family and friends, it’s important to remember home security – to reduce the risk of unwanted visitors.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) reported around three in 100 households were victims of domestic burglary in the last year.

Although contents insurance will pay compensation, nothing can pay for the stress it causes or replace the personal items you might have lost as a result of a burglary.

That’s why we are offering the following security tips to help you keep your home and possessions safe and secure.

Check your window locking systems: Where windows have been fitted with locks, normally on the ground floor and those easily reached by climbing, make sure you use them. Always ensure that any keys can easily be located.

l Rely on your doors: It is important to have robust locks on both the front and back doors, as well as a spy hole to check on callers, a door opening limiter and hinge bolts on outward opening doors.

l Consider a light sensor: Crime can be prevented by external detection security lighting that switches on after dark when someone is nearby, illuminating the general area. This allows both you and a neighbour to see a possible intrusion.

l Benefits of an alarm system: Installing a house alarm gives you peace of mind.

l Keep ladders and other equipment safe: Ladders, steps and equipment attract the keen eye of the burglar and makes things easy for them, so always ensure that they are kept out of sight.

l Lock rear entry gates: Make sure your garden is as private and secure as possible. Many burglaries start at the back.

And, while you’re away try to make your home look occupied by leaving the lights on in the evening, perhaps invest in a timer.

National Housing Building Council.

Milton Keynes.

Remember to cancel papers, milk and other deliveries before going away.

Ask your neighbour to keep an eye on your home.

Keep valuable and easily transportable items out of view. Hide small valuable items like jewellery.

National Housing Building Council.

Milton Keynes.