Places (Help with places, streets and buildings in Wigan.)
I wonder if anyone on here ever worked at the Shoe factory in Pem. I worked there from 1969 until 73.
I think at its peak they had about 300 employees. I started work in the crepe room, later working in the packing room, heel room and Vulcan before returning to the crepe room. I can't say I enjoyed it but made some good friends. Ernie Files was my first foreman and Cliff Houghton my manager. I worked with the 3 Moore brothers; Albert, Bobby and Ray. Others in the crepe room and men's room were Ernie Hilton who eventually had his fingers cut off on a press, Frank Lloyd, Bill Hughes, Bill Roby, John Forshaw, Dougie Ingrey senior and junior, Chris Ashcroft, Ray Greenalch (who became a best friend), Bill Duckworth, Margaret Brocklebank, Brenda Mayers, Joe Reeves, Bill Worthington just to name a few.
We would play football on the pitch at dinner time... must have a lot of energy back then. We also had a good canteen with cheap food. I think there was a small memorial garden too. It would be nice to hear from former employees and their stories.
Replied: 24th Aug 2020 at 10:59