The day we went to Skegness

R Shaw Works Trip during the 1940's.
R Shaw Works Trip during the 1940's.

THIS week’s archive corner picture comes from Guardian reader Hazel Derry and shows employees of Worksop company R Shaw and Son on a works outing.

Mrs Derry, of Farndale, Worksop, believes it must have been taken in May 1946 or 1947.

R Shaw and Son was an ironmongers and agricultural engineers, of Bridge Place and Newcastle Street. The company also had a foundry on Potter Street.

Mrs Derry’s husband John is standing on the left of the photo, halfway up, wearing a dark suit.

Mrs Derry said: “It must have been taken in 1946 or 1947 because John went into the Army in 1948 to do national service.”

“I think it was taken at Wragby, in Lincolnshire, which was the stop off on the way to Skegness.”

Mr Derry, now 80, joined the company in 1944, when he was 14. He started as a window cleaner and then became an apprentice plumber.

After finishing his national service in 1950 he returned and in all worked there for 19 years.

R Shaw used to take all its employees on an annual day trip to Skegness. Mrs Derry went as well after marrying John in 1952.

“We met when I was 14 and have been married for 59 years. We have three daughters and six grandchildren,” she said.