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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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So you mentioned there that you were part of the union. Were you involved in any strike action?

Not the office workers, but there was a strike, I think it was in ’84 – ’85, something like that and it was with the men in the yard. I’m not sure how long it lasted – a couple of weeks? Maybe more! And Pauline the girl I mentioned and I, seeing as there was a strike, it didn’t affect the office workers – they would still go in and do their work, but Pauline and I said we couldn’t possibly cross the picket line – being union workers – we couldn’t do that and so we didn’t go into work. We helped at the memorial hall. They had organised meals and things like that at the men and Pauline and I used to go in everyday and help and she was downstairs and she was at a desk, but what she was doing I think it was answering queries, if any of the men came in with problems I think her job was to sort that out. My job was to make tea and coffee and soup and hand it out to the men – wash the dishes and stuff like that! But I enjoyed it ‘cause I thought we were doing a worthwhile job!