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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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I understand you were part of a First Aid team at Swan Hunter?

Yes, that’s right, yes.

Can you tell me a little bit about what that was like?

We used to meet once a week and have a practice – it was nothing to do with health and safety in the yard itself, because there was a special ambulance room if anybody was injured and there was a nurse attached to it and medical people there, so we were sort of just a side line. In fact the only thing we were ever  used for was at launches – they used to get us out at a launch just to be on duty among the people with our hard hats and bright coloured jackets. I can’t remember what colour they were, but I know we stood out y’know in case there was any harm done. But we, like once a week we would meet and I think there was only…I’m not sure if I was the only women or just two women and the rest were blokes y’know from the yard mostly.