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Brian Taylor

Brian was born in November 1938 in Cullercoats. His father was a local fisherman and his mother was a cleaner. Brian went to Cullercoats School then aged eleven he went to Linskill High School in North Shields. At the end of 1953, he left school and went to work at Smith Docks.

Brian started working at Swan Hunter after he was made redundant in 1969. He worked at Swan Hunter between March 1970 and December 1994 as a plater and progressed to being a foreman.

Brian talks about his experiences of working at Swan Hunter and also his experience of working abroad in Japan for eight months.

Brian was interviewed by Alex Magin on 19 February 2007. The interview took place at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum and lasted for 45 minutes.


Brian Taylor's Memories

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At the very end before we left? Oh I was sad! I remember we were all on the quayside when the HMS Richmond left the yard – that was the last vessel to leave under the old Swan Hunters – it was very emotional, there was a band playing and the guys who were going with the ship waving. It was quite emotional! I remember a couple of days later we were all in the offices at the end of the jetty and everybody was a bit, I wouldn’t say subdued, but more relaxed, feared the company had took over you were resigned to them and I think the manager and  the foremen that were left – they all got on a lot better I think, y’know. I got some terrific references, which I’ve kept to this day off some of the managers.