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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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What did Swan Hunter mean to you when you were working there?

Oh it was a job, but it was a job that I loved! I really loved the place and the whole atmosphere about it I loved and I missed it very much when I left.

And what does it mean to you now?

It still means the same. It’s a tragedy that it’s no more and I think I’m not the only one that feels that I think the whole of Wallsend feels that. Yeah a real tragedy!