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  • By Janet Barnes
    Nov 8, 2009
    Stanley's Story Vol 2 As in Volume 1, Stanley has described in great detail his work as a driver, working for Marston Dairy and Settle creamery before changing to driving cattle trucks for the Drinkall family. There are plenty of stories related to the work, the maintenance of vehicles and problems caused by other drivers. Stanley clearly enjoyed transporting cattle - it is fascinating to read how he placed the beasts on the wagon so they were content for the whole journey. The better the cattle rode, the better they arrived. The chapter on `The Market and the Dealers' explains much about cattle dealing in the 1970s. Interspersed with this, Stanley describes life at his home, Hey Farm. He describes improvements made as well as the discovery of an original fireplace and a mullion window. The characters associated with the farm are mentioned, providing plenty of colour to the narrative. (Further into the book Stanley describes the break up of his marriage and his subsequent moves in and... More > around Barnoldswick.) By 1973 Stanley's work changed from the transient work whilst driving, to the more localised work in Bancroft Mill. This allowed him more time with his family. He began as the engine tenter and became the engineer. He describes the daily work as well as the annual tasks, such as the shutting down of the boiler and engine for maintenance. Bancroft Mill closed in 1978 and Stanley describes the effect on the work force. Stanley was, however, ready for new challenges. The previous year he was heavily involved in the Lancashire Textile Project and this, together with his Open College Classes, expanded Stanley's horizons - he was keen to learn more. By 1979 he had the qualifications to allow him to apply for university. The book ends with Stanley heading to Lancaster University, ready for 3 years of full time study. This book is a detailed, entertaining description of 16 years of Stanley's life, there are also sad moments. It will clearly be of most interest to members of his family but will also help those studying social history to understand the nature of the various jobs Stanley has enjoyed. Readers should expect plenty of detail written in a lively manner by an expert word smith.< Less
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January 18, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.52 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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