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The Local => Times Past => Topic started by: BrianP on September 08, 2011, 01:19:04 PM

Title: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: BrianP on September 08, 2011, 01:19:04 PM
This newspaper cutting from the sixties?, shows Miss Una Hack being presented a Hotpoint Supermatic Washing machine, which she helped to make, by Mr Derek Pritchard chairman of the A.E.I. Ex-servicemen's Association. Also in the picture are Mr. J. A Berry general manager of the Dolgarrog Aluminium Corporation, Mr T. G. Wrighton A.E.I.-Hotpoint works manager and Mr L. Wells personnel manager & secretary of the Ex-servicemen's Association.
Title: Re: Hotpoint Supermatic Washer Prize Winner, Miss Una Hack
Post by: Trojan on September 08, 2011, 01:48:25 PM
I believe the Supermatic Twin Tub was launched in the early 1960's. The dryer looks tiny - just about fit a pair of socks and underwear in that thing.  :laugh:

http://youtu.be/Mvs1aJ7ES60 (http://youtu.be/Mvs1aJ7ES60)

The other article referring to Alun Jones being drunk in charge of a pedal cycle made me laugh.  :cyclist40:
Title: Re: Hotpoint Supermatic Washer Prize Winner, Miss Una Hack
Post by: Dave on September 08, 2011, 01:55:24 PM
My Mum was convinced by the local electrical shop to trial an Hoovermatic Twin tub whilst her washing machine with hand wringer was away for service. She thought it very nice but decided against splashing out on the new technology. Cheeky salesman had been so convinced she'd buy one he'd already sold hers so she bought one after all.
Hoover must have pioneered the concept as this was in the late 50's if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: Hotpoint Supermatic Washer Prize Winner, Miss Una Hack
Post by: Ian48 on September 08, 2011, 02:10:07 PM
This is most probably Summer, 1963 as the little article in the corner mentions a man from Ffordd Morfa being done for riding a bike under the influence. He states that he had been to the Eisteddfod and had a few and then attempted to cycle home. The eisteddfod was held in Llandudno in 1963 (Llanelli the year before and Swansea the year after).
Title: Re: Hotpoint Supermatic Washer Prize Winner, Miss Una Hack
Post by: Trojan on September 08, 2011, 02:11:50 PM
Our household had a machine similar to this Hotpoint Empress when I was young.

The mangle was removed in the '70's when my Mother progressed to a Frigidaire spin dryer.
Title: Re: Hotpoint Supermatic Washer Prize Winner, Miss Una Hack
Post by: Trojan on September 08, 2011, 02:15:58 PM
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This is most probably Summer, 1963 as the little article in the corner mentions a man from Ffordd Morfa being done for riding a bike under the influence. He states that he had been to the Eisteddfod and had a few and then attempted to cycle home. The eisteddfod was held in Llandudno in 1963 (Llanelli the year before and Swansea the year after).[/quote

Unless he rode his bike from Llanelli to Llandudno Ian.  8)

Seriously, I believe you could be right.  :)
Title: Re: Hotpoint Supermatic Washer Prize Winner, Miss Una Hack
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 08, 2011, 02:53:15 PM
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a man from Ffordd Morfa being done for riding a bike under the influence. He states that he had been to the Eisteddfod and had a few and then attempted to cycle home. The eisteddfod was held in Llandudno in 1963

I cannot believe he got drunk at the National Eisteddfod in 1963 as the event was teetotal.
Title: Hotpoint: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: BrianP on September 08, 2011, 03:01:59 PM
North Wales Weekly News Cutting from 19 August 1954, 'Coldrator' Club Sports Meeting. Officials and employees at the Llandudno Junction factory of the International Refrigerator Co. Ltd., joined by their families, forget about production on Saturday. Miss Betty Cox age 19, won the 'Miss Coldrator' title.
Title: Hotpoint: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: BrianP on September 08, 2011, 10:07:35 PM
Miss Hotpoint Pat Owens, around1964/5. Photograph taken at the Hotpoint Social Club, Victoria Drive, Llandudno Junction
Title: Miss Coldrator 1857, from the 'Topic'
Post by: BrianP on September 08, 2011, 10:17:21 PM
Hotpoint Social & Sports Day 1957, at Woodlands School, Llandudno Junction.  Mrs. T.G.Wrighton, wife of works manager, presenting a trophy to Mr Derek Pritchard. Miss Coldrator 1957 ? name unknown.
Title: Re: Miss Coldrator 1857, from the 'Topic'
Post by: ormegolf on September 08, 2011, 11:11:43 PM
Only read the headline----fridges 150 years ago? OOps
Title: Re: Hotpoint Supermatic Washer Prize Winner, Miss Una Hack
Post by: Trojan on September 09, 2011, 02:05:54 AM
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a man from Ffordd Morfa being done for riding a bike under the influence. He states that he had been to the Eisteddfod and had a few and then attempted to cycle home. The eisteddfod was held in Llandudno in 1963

I cannot believe he got drunk at the National Eisteddfod in 1963 as the event was teetotal.

He had been to the Eisteddfod Bri, then met a friend and had got drunk. Probably in a pub/pubs around town.

He should have taken lessons from Ronnie Atherton Snr (RIP).

He could drink 18 pints and still ride a bike in a straight line.  $00$
Title: Re: 'Coldrator' Club Sports Meeting August 1954
Post by: Trojan on September 09, 2011, 02:16:41 AM
Betty Cox, I wonder if it's the same Mrs Cox that lived in Council Street in the 1970's when she was married with children?

Her face is the spit of what could be her siblings, Michael, Doreen, etc. (just trying to remember the others)

Title: Re: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 09, 2011, 02:44:50 AM
Is that you also in the photo, BrianP?
Title: Re: Hotpoint: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: BrianP on September 09, 2011, 07:36:15 PM
Yes, thats me
Title: Re: Hotpoint: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 09, 2011, 07:53:23 PM
I also recognise Huggins as he played later with me in the Maggie Murphy's football team during the early seventies.

I seem to remember you have a twin brother.

Welcome to the forum.

Perhaps, we should have our own section for Deganwy.  D)

Title: Re: Hotpoint: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: BrianP on September 09, 2011, 09:17:41 PM
If Huggins is Alan Hughes, then I will point out that his father Tom Hughes is in the Topic newspaper cutting, behind the trophy.
Yes I am a twin
Title: Re: Hotpoint: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 09, 2011, 09:44:58 PM
Yes, here is Huggins (and me) a few years later, BrianP, with a few more of your former neighbours.

http://www.soccerscrapbook.co.uk/north%20wales/page126.html (http://www.soccerscrapbook.co.uk/north%20wales/page126.html)

I guess you must have quite a collection of Hotpoint memorabilia with your father being so involved during that period.

Title: Re: Hotpoint: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: Blodyn on September 09, 2011, 10:51:09 PM
Bri, what a fine looking team you were!   :)

Brian P, your collection does seem to contain quite a number of very attractive young ladies!   :)  It's all very interesting. 
Title: Re: Hotpoint: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: hollins on September 10, 2011, 03:54:41 PM
Bri! A George Best lookalike!!!!!
Title: Re: Hotpoint: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: Bri Roberts on September 10, 2011, 06:29:14 PM
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Title: Re: Hotpoint: Miss Betty Cox age 19, won the ‘Miss Coldrater’ title – 1954
Post by: Paulakelsall on October 10, 2011, 05:21:06 PM
Quote from above - “Betty Cox, I wonder if it's the same Mrs Cox that lived in Council Street in the 1970's when she was married with children? Her face is the spit of what could be her siblings, Michael, Doreen, etc. (just trying to remember the others)"

The Betty Cox in the above photo was my aunty Betty (Elizabeth). She was the daughter of James (Jim) & Jane Cox (nee Evans) from the Penmaen Road in the Morfa, Conwy. Betty later married Ken Barr and they lived on Sychnant Pass. Sadly she died in 1975 aged just 40, and is buried in St Agnes Cemetery.

Trojan - Her siblings are Victor, Tony, John, Peter, Malcolm & Patricia.
Title: Re: Hotpoint: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: Micox on October 18, 2011, 04:17:12 PM
 $good$ Hi Paula.

Yes. Betty was my cousin. She was a beautiful young woman with a sparkling personality and a lovely temperament. My Uncle Jim, Betty's father was warm and generous, pretty much the opposite to his brother, my Dad Johnny Cox - the black sheep.

Heddwch.

Mike.
Title: Re: Hotpoint: Miss Hotpoint, Miss Pat Owens
Post by: Paulakelsall on October 18, 2011, 08:52:30 PM
Hi Mike

My dad is with me reading your reply. Your comments made him laugh!  _))*
 
Paula
Title: Hotpoint Sports Day c.1960
Post by: BrianP on November 18, 2011, 08:43:31 PM
Hotpoint Social Club on Victoria Drive, Llandudno Junction is the venue for the Sports Day. Here is a picture of the Knobbly Knees Contest, with my father Derek Pritchard on the right, taken around 1960
Title: Hotpoint Long Service Awards 1975
Post by: BrianP on November 18, 2011, 09:12:38 PM
Seated in the front, Hotpoint works manager Jim Mochan hands out long service awards. In the back row are Jack 'Mac' McKensie third from left, and Derek Pritchard centre. Second from right middle row is Tommy Hughes, with Jack Thomas sixth from right.
Title: Hotpoint Social Club
Post by: BrianP on November 20, 2011, 04:12:54 PM
Some sort of celebration at the Hotpoint Social Club, Victoria Drive, Llandudno Junction. Yvonne Pritchard is second from left front row, Tommy Hughes is far right back row.
Date and photographer unknown.
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: dusty on November 20, 2011, 04:50:05 PM
Re, hotpoint celebration, another tommy Hughes ,first on left, front row. My uncle Tom.
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: Jas on November 20, 2011, 05:09:29 PM
I wonder if anyone has a Photo of me as Miss Hotpoint around 1965 . ( Sheila Kirkham)
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: Trojan on June 10, 2013, 01:15:21 PM
Advert from 1974.
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: Trojan on June 10, 2013, 01:19:47 PM
Press cutting from 1992.
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: norman08 on June 10, 2013, 02:40:29 PM
when did the hotpoint factory close in llandudno
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: BrianP on December 12, 2016, 11:42:19 AM
Hotpoint Sports Day, early 1950's, at the Woodland School sports ground at the corner of Victoria Road and Marl Lane. Derek Pritchard in the lead of this race, with Woodland School in the background.
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: BrianP on December 12, 2016, 11:47:00 AM
Derek Pritchard second from the left, ? Crichley on the right, Hotpoint Sports Day, Woodlands School sports field, early 1950's.
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: BrianP on December 12, 2016, 11:54:36 AM
Hotpoint Sports Day early 1950's, three-legged race, Derek Pritchard in the right pairing, at the Woodlands School sports field, Victoria Road, Llandudno Junction
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: Bri Roberts on December 12, 2016, 04:12:13 PM
I know that field well from my days playing football for Maggie Murphy in the early seventies on a Sunday.

I am surprised Hotpoint used that field for their Sports Day, Brian, when they had their own field and club just further down the road.
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: BrianP on December 12, 2016, 06:00:55 PM
The sports field for Woodlands School was used before the Hotpoint social club opened further along on Victoria Road.
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: Bri Roberts on December 13, 2016, 02:36:38 PM
Do you know which year Hotpoint opened up their social club in Victoria Drive?

Did your family used to live over the road to Huggins whose father also used to work in Hotpoint?
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: Meleri on December 13, 2016, 04:47:49 PM
That looks very much like my uncle Billy Warlow Jones in the middle of the last photograph and cousins Ken (Rimmer) Hughes and Denise Wrench later to become Ken's wife, on the left.
I loved the Hotpoint sports days and Christmas parties, Happy days.
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: BrianP on December 13, 2016, 08:57:04 PM
Hi Bri,
I don't know when the Social Club opened, but can only guess around 1962/3. My father Derek Pritchard was a member of the Hotpiont Cricket team, and he used to look after the cricket pitch. I can remember him driving an old grey tractor, pulling a rig with rotating blades to cut the grass. The tractor was stored in a shed at the back of the changing rooms.
My twin brother and I lived in Heulfryn on the corner at no. 17, over the road from Alan Hughes.
Brian
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: Bri Roberts on December 18, 2016, 06:29:48 PM
Hi Brian. I do remember you and your brother.

I don't know if you are aware but there is a gentleman living locally who used to be a manager at Hotpoint in the Junction.

He has researched the history of the Junction factory and often puts on a slide show presentation to local groups.

I am sure he would be very interested in meeting up with you, if you still live locally.

Please let me know if you are interested.
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: DVT on December 18, 2016, 10:01:28 PM
Roy Mills is the chap's name who does the history slide show - I worked with him in Design department, both at the Junction and later in Bodelwyddan.  Well researched presentation.
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: BrianP on December 18, 2016, 10:35:05 PM
Hi Bri,

Glad to hear that someone is keeping the history of Hotpoint alive. I moved away over thirty years ago, and until last year was a regular visitor to my old home town.

Brian
Title: Re: Everything Hotpoint
Post by: BrianP on June 04, 2018, 12:19:30 PM
Hotpoint Cricket Team c. 1960's, Howard & Tony Wrighton seated front centre, with Derek Pritchard seated second from the right. Photographed at the Hotpoint Social Club, Victoria Road.