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Bairdwear Clothing Factory - Ferryhill
« on: Dec 14, 2010, 12:10 »
Hi All,
Does anyone have any memories of the clothing factory in Ferryhill, now defunct. It was on Haigh Street and mainly made gear for M&S. I dont live in the area now but I think the factory was demolished and replaced with a Sure Start Centre. Maybe someone out there worked there and has some tales to share
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 14, 2010, 12:34 »
Hi, it wasn't replaced with a Surestart Centre, although one was built nearby. The land the clothing factory stood on is now completely open, grassed over and planted.

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« Reply #2 on: Dec 15, 2010, 15:53 »
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 15, 2011, 21:02 »
I remember it well, was my first job on leaving school, marking buttons for £73 per week (before the MW of course) and trying to earn more through piece work.

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 16, 2011, 07:29 »
I remember it well, was my first job on leaving school, marking buttons for £73 per week (before the MW of course) and trying to earn more through piece work.

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 19, 2011, 14:24 »
Really, it was that long ago?   :D

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« Reply #6 on: Mar 22, 2011, 11:44 »
Hi All,
Thanks for the replies, I started at Bairdwear in 1976 when it was called Ferryhill Manufacturing,and I left in 1990. During that time I worked in a few different departments and a few managers/supervisors names I remember are;
Mr. Lennard, Mr.Ridley, Mr.Hunter, Mr.Sissons, Mr.Denham, Mrs S.Potts, Madge, Audrey, Rita, T.Hawman, B.Sykes anybody remember them or indeed anyone else?
At the back of the factory was a small building,this was originally a fish and chip shop,this was built by my dad many years ago. In time the factory bought the chippy and turned it into a factory shop run by Shelia? and Bernie. Anyone remember the factory sales on Saturday mornings?
I once heard the factory held POW's during the war,but I'm not sure about that,don't know when the factory opened.
Thanks again for the replies ,keep in touch

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Re: Bairdwear Clothing Factory
« Reply #7 on: Dec 07, 2015, 15:26 »
Just came across your web site and saw the name Ferryhill.

I was a supplier of buttons to Ferryhill Clothing. It would be fun to talk. Can we exchange phone numbers. My e mail address is Raymond.raven@ymail.com

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Re: Bairdwear Clothing Factory - Ferryhill
« Reply #8 on: Nov 12, 2016, 19:39 »
Hi, this was where I had my first job in 1975. Apprentice Sewing machine mechanic. Shared a workshop with Bob Sykes (the gaffer), Neville Roberts, John Blench, Glyn Jones, Dave Richmond. Met my Wife here and just celebrated 38 amazing years together.  Some great lads and lasses worked here some of whom I still spot around the village or in Aycliffe. I enjoyed my time at Ferryhill Factory and remember the social club trips to Blackpool, as a young lad the highlight of the year  :) oldies at the front of the bus us youngstars at the back, not sure who behaved  the worst but always great fun day out. Always happy to here from anyone that remembers me or Sharon come and say hello again.

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Re: Bairdwear Clothing Factory - Ferryhill
« Reply #9 on: Nov 12, 2016, 20:27 »
My dad used to manage the Singer Sewing Machine shop on High Row in Darlington. He used to repair machines after he'd retired.
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