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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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Can you tell me a little bit about the office that you worked in was like?

Well the ones at Walker yard was an old building – a traditional sort of building with wood panelling and things like that, it was really a lovely place to walk into and I remember walking – it was on the first floor, out office and we had to pass this toilet and I was told that that was a private toilet that had been Princess Margaret’s, or somebody who had – Royalty who had come an launched a ship – that was her private toilet! (laughs) I dunno weather that was true or not! The offices at Wallsend was completely different, they were more like pre-fabricated offices y’know outside of the yard itself – up the bank. Yeah so it was completely different that.

Did you have your own desk?

Oh yeah, yeah, but it was an open plan thing, we were all y’know all together sort of thing.

Was it a mixture of men and women?

Yes, mostly men more than women, yeah.

Do you remember there being a lot of women working in the yard?

In the yard? Cleaners! Yes, a lot of cleaners, but as for office staff there was more men than there was women.