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dont remember them being called t1 balls but we used to go to a boots dance at sherwood rooms just before christmas every year when i worked for boots late sixties early seventies. beeston d10.wellcome to notts talgia

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The T1 Ball was a semi-formal affair very popular with all employees. It was held, as you say, March/April, which was when the bonuses were distributed. As was usual for the time the senior staff (managers etc) were still ‘segregated’, seniors upstairs, lower echelons downstairs. Integration was not encouraged. But a good time was had by all as they say.

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If memory serves, at various times the “Sherwood Rooms” were called “The Astoria Ballroom” and at another time “The Greyfriars”. Can anyone recall the right order and maybe the years. I think it was the “Greyfriars” during the war.

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Hello All,

I'm hoping you may be able to help me.

My name is Corinne Sweet and I am an established author, broadcaster and journalist. I am currently researching a book about men and women who worked in Nottingham shops and factories between 1930-1960 for a novelised social history book which will be out in October of 2015.

I am searching for people who worked in places such as Boots, Players, Raleigh's and the lace factories. If you worked for, or know anyone that worked for, any of these companies, please contact me on Corrine@corinnesweet.com ; I am looking to interview people on their memories and experiences between 1930-1960.

Any leads or contacts would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks and a merry Christmas,

Corinne Sweet

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Can't agree with you HG. Not everyone has a mercenary intent. I have helped many authors with information that they would otherwise not been able to obtain, and continue to do so. All I hope for is my name in the Acknowledgements. The subject of her story was wide in scope and she would require many inputs from many people to get the feel of the era, the places and the people. I would say that in such circumstances, a remuneration is rarely if ever paid, nor should it be, even though the book is a commercial enterprise.

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The T1 Ball was a semi-formal affair very popular with all employees. It was held, as you say, March/April, which was when the bonuses were distributed. As was usual for the time the senior staff (managers etc) were still ‘segregated’, seniors upstairs, lower echelons downstairs. Integration was not encouraged. But a good time was had by all as they say.

I worked in the Standards (later Quality Control) Labs in D10 Beeston from 1968-72. It was my second job after leaving school (Forest Fields) in 1966. All the management had to be addressed as Mr, Mrs or Dr by junior staff such as I. There was a holiday student who addressed my boss as Ken rather than Mr Rodgers and that caused a bit of a stir.

I think the canteen /staff shop building at Beeston had an executive restaurant upstairs but I never visited. I think you had to have special permission if you were non management.

When I started in 1968 I was introduced to a nice man called Mr Pegg who had been in the labs for 50 years (I think he went home at night)

So he'd joined the company in 1918! I bet he had some amazing tales to tell but as a silly 18 year old I never took the time to talk with him.

Certainly wish I had looking back.

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