And over the Christmas period came the sad news that Goff Sherburn of Goole had died. Goff was one of Goole's treasures - he spent his life working on the waterways and was always happy to share his memories of working on the tugs on the Aire and Calder canal. He and his wife Eileen were both students in my Goole WEA local history class until he became too ill to attend. We shall all miss him.
I am now busy catching up on emails and preparing for several events. We are having another exhibition of old photos of Goole - this time in Montague Mills - better known to Goole people as the old Burton's building. It is now an outlet shop and from 7th -14th Feb we are putting up our exhibition in one of the rooms off the main shop floor. We are displaying many of the old photos we used when we exhibited in Junction in August as well as new ones. Pippa Stainton will also be hanging her framed prints and the Goole First World War group will be there.
The original factory was opened by the Princess Royal in April 1949. The newspaper account reads as follows,
PRINCESS ROYAL OPENS FIRST OF GOOLE'S NEW FACTORIES. A milestone in the industrial development of Goole was marked today by the visit of the Princess Royal to open the first factory to be built on the new estate for light industries in Rawcliffe Road.
The factory, including works covering an area of about 100.000 square feet, at present employs nearly 500 operatives. Seven acres hive been acquired for extensions, and it hoped eventually to provide work for 1.000 of the town's population. Cheering workgirls lined the entrance of the factory to greet the royal visitor.
The princess was welcomed the Mayor of Goole, Ald. V. B. Hudson, who presented her with a key to the main door. After the guests, civic representatives and employees had been presented, she inspected the workshops and welfare offices and saw operatives at work.
|This a Burtons of Goole ladies football team . Can you name any of the team members?|