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Margaret Mole

Margaret was born in November 1928 in Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her Father was the manager of Bamborough Picture Hall in Byker and her Mother was a housewife.

Margaret started work in the accounts department at Walker Naval Yard. After Walker Naval Yard closed, everyone was moved to Swan Hunter. Margaret started working for Swan Hunter in 1978 and was there for twelve years.

Margaret was part of the first-aid team while working at Swan Hunter.

Margaret talks about what it was like working in the accounts department, the first aid team and also about the industrial action at Swan Hunter in 1984 and 1985.

Margaret was interviewed by Alex Magin on 1 March 2007. The interview took place at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum and lasted for 29 minutes.

Margaret Mole's Memories

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After Walker Naval Yard closed down we were all shifted to Swan Hunters, so I was in the office at Swans and eventually I was put on cost control, which was a little bit higher grade and that was enjoyable as well because each one got a particular ship to do the costing of, so you felt as if that ship was your ship y’know and I still think that one or two ships that I’ve seen on the Tyne or down at Plymouth, where my son lives I’ll say ‘that was my ship!’

Can you remember any of their names?

Oh yes – the HMS Sheffield and the Coventry, they were sort of twin frigates – one was built in Neptune yard and one was built in Swan Hunters and they were… and also I had costing on the Illustrious as well, but they were never called by their names when we were building them, they were just numbers – the Illustrious was 014 I think it was and then the Arch Royal was 111. I know that the other two twin ones were 124 and 125 – I can always remember them numbers!