Good times at Albion Flour Mills

Christmas party at Smith's Flour Mill, 1967.  Pictured from left is Derek Summers, Rosemary, Anne Greenwood, Anne Howe, Roger Newton, Miss Mellors.
Christmas party at Smith's Flour Mill, 1967. Pictured from left is Derek Summers, Rosemary, Anne Greenwood, Anne Howe, Roger Newton, Miss Mellors.

A RECENT Archive Corner picture of Albion Flour Mills in Eastgate, Worksop, sparked memories for Roger Newton, who worked there in the 1960s.

He brought in this photo of the work Christmas party at Normanton Inn in 1967.

Roger, 64, of Northumberland Avenue, Costhorpe, started off in the warehouse in 1963 and was charged with getting the delivery department in order, along with Dennis Grocock.

Roger left the mill in 1971 but still has fond memories of his time there.

He said: “It was a brilliant place to work and we had some great work outings.”

“We’d even got a cricket team that used to go and play down Stubbing Lane.”

Roger can name most of the people he is pictured here with, but he didn’t know Rosemary’s surname or the girl on the end, who he can remember only as being the daughter of Cliff Mellors, the packing department manager.

He said: “There were loads of people working there in those days, there were three shifts and about 24 wagons going out and back seven days a week.”

“They produced a lot more than flour.”

Roger’s dad Ted Newton, 82, was a driver at the mill, which was owned by the Smith family.

Roger said: “Other drivers were Stan Stevens, Pete Booth, Gordon Hopkinson, Fred Watson and Les Arnold.”