WE’VE not had any Ripley’s Reminiscences for a while. So today we rectify that! This 1955 photograph is of Shell Mex and BP Ltd installation workers – the company had a largely local workforce.
Malc has kindly numbered the foreheads of those who are identified.
1 George Bartlett, Electrician , Lived in Preston. (C).
2 Ken Haywood, (C), Hull.
3 George Shepherdson, Hull.
4 “Pash” Raven, Hull Road, Hedon. (Daughter Audrey, Former Nursing Sister lives in Hedon.
5 Alec Crane, (C), Hedon. His family lives in Hedon.
6 Dick Willingham, Hull Road. Son John plays Bowls, lives in Bilton.
7 Arthur Ripley, lived in 34 Sheriff Highway, (C), Was the Installation Foreman after Harold Smith retired.
8 Mick Mitchell , Hull. (C).
9 John “Tug” Wilson, Hull. Scorer at (C).
10 Cyril Latus, East Hull.
11 “Tich” Eric Wright, Hull.
12 Alan Harrison, East Hull (C).
13 Charlie Crooks, Hull.
14 Tom Lowe, Hedon. A good Darts player.
15 Walt Barrett, Hedon.
16 Manager Shell Mex – name unknown!
17 George Sewell, Assistant Manager, West Hull.
18 George Stevenson, Preston.
19 Harold Rusling, Lab Technician, Lived in Sheriff Highway, (C).
(C) Denotes the person played Cricket (it is Malc’s reminiscences after all).
There are 13 un-identified names. Can you name anyone? Who do you know/remember?
Note: Shell-Mex and BP Ltd was formed when Shell and BP merged in 1932. A ‘de-merge’ into two separate entities apparently took place again in 1975.
There is an interesting infographic about the history of the Saltend site at: http://saltendchemicalspark.co.uk/history