Not a great day, as my Dad (Clive Johnson) passed away at 1030 this morning. Dad would have been known to some of the members on her and also some of the casual visitors as he worked for NCT from 1963 through to December 1976, when he left to take up a full-time position with the TGWU in Burton-on-Trent. He started as a conductor on the trolleybuses at Bulweel depot and transferred to Bilborough depot once he passed his PSV test in 1966. Following our move to Clifton in September 1968, Dad continued at Bilborough depot, until the spring of 1969 when he was able to transfer to the spare rota at Parliament Street depot. In 1972 he becamce an OMO driver on the "Gordon Road" rota, which also included the West Bridgford services. Upon the re-opening of Trent Bridge depot in 1973, Dad moved to Trent Bridge as all the Bridgford services were opertaed from the re-opened depot. In 1974, Dad was elected Branch Secretary of the TGWU to work alongside the Branch Office, Harry Ball, at Parliament Street depot.
Dad was always active in the Union movement, not as some tub thumping left wing loony, as they were often labelled in the press and media of the time, but to foster his belief that the working man needed a voice, to ensure that safe and secure working practices were in place, and that at no prejudice could be brought to bear in any disciplinary proceedings taken against his colleagues.
Dad, I will miss you , but thank you for making me the man I am today.