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Ray Harby worked for Rediffusion Nottingham from 1952 to 1965 as a Workshop Television Engineer.
Here are some of Ray's memories of his time in the workshop:
The picture of the Rediffusion building on the of Castle Boulevard and Peveril Drive junction, bought back lots of memories of my formative years in the world of television, particularly this delivery story.
The stores and reception were on the ground floor, the 1st floor was the TV workshop plus some manager’s offices and the top floor was accounts, Chief Engineer’s office, R.E. Billham and the Chief Executives office.
It was the very early 50’s and the Coronation had boosted the public desire for the ‘New’ family television sets, so as it was nearing Christmas the sales teams were awash with orders of new subscribers. Consequently a large furniture type delivery van arrived packed to the Gunnels with 9” 12” and projection Televisions receivers and reversed through the archway, [on the left of the picture], into the large yard where all the vans were kept and the vehicle mechanics had their Garage. The van reversed to the stores delivery entrance. There was such a great number of ‘heavy’ TV sets, these were wooden cabinets, with mains transformers, and in some cases mains EHT transformers! and metal chassis, that the two storeman asked for has much help as possible to unload them. Although there were a lot of helpers, it fell mainly to the younger TV engineers to do the bulk of the work. About 4 weary hours later the job was done, time for a cuppa………
Then we were all asked to go to the stores again, with the weight of the televisions off the van it had had risen on its springs so much so, it was now too high to go under the Archway to drive out! The motor mechanics suggested letting the tyres down but when they analysed it, they said it would only bring it down a matter of inches with the danger of the tyres rolling off the hubs.
The realisation slowly dawned on us that the TV sets would have to be loaded back on, more weary hours later the van with just about all its original load drove out through the archway.
Then with the van safely parked outside on Castle Boulevard, yes you’ve guessed it we had to unload them again!!!!
Happy days, you had to be tough to be a television engineer!
Looking back, I wonder if we had packed the van with as many of the Rediffusion staff as possible, packing them cosily shoulder-to-shoulder. Would that have done the trick? Being a clever clogs, which I wasn’t, would have spoilt the story wouldn’t it.