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Tom Lee's Retirement Party
Introduction of the Plus-6
Albert Rose Memories
Retirement of Charles Sursham
Vic Wallis and George Robb on BBC Scotland
A C Barret and family on the Clyde
Sales changes Sept 1960
Exhibition Moor Park
is a collection of photos taken at the late Tom Lee's retirement party-
This has been kindly supplied by Roy Gutteridge who took the actual photographs
five years ago Jimmy Lowe from memory gave us some good facts on golf ball
manufacturing at Heathhall. –Now thanks to Albert Rose we have
introduction of the ‘Plus-6’
British had a long tradition in the golf ball market with their brands Pin
were well regarded and we sponsored many Pros locally as well as the
we contracted Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as well as several
this time the USPGA used a 1.68” diameter ball whereas the English Golf
The Open Championship and other tournaments in Europe Nicklaus for
about this time (but before the changeover to 1.68)
was the ‘seismic’ opportunity for which we were waiting.
because of our minimal recognition in the market we needed a very
said their calculations indicated the possibility the work was sound but
we had an independent and World recognised University in support. We
the professors did a great job for us , which most importantly appeared
result was that we were inundated with people telephoning in with orders
we set up an accrual to put aside cash should the need arise. As it
this time the respective golf governing bodies had agreed to move entirely
caused something of a vacuum in the market. Uniroyal private brand sales
Uniroyal broke the market domination of it’s largest competitor. Also,
May 14 2011
amusing memories thanks to Albert Rose
Most of the memories which stick in my
mind have to do with sales and marketing, although one early visit to
Castle Mills produced a gem of an incident.
It was in the days when we still made
hot water bottles. I was being shown how the operator had to get two
hooks in the neck after moulding in order to get the bottle off the
former. This took a load of strength and 'knack'. I was assured
bottles rarely got damaged in the process.
At this juncture there was an almighty
crash and we were covered in ceiling plaster and hot water bottles all
of which had been damaged whilst being extracted from the mould.
At this particular 'station' there was,
immediately above the operator, an open vent into the ceiling void. He
was amazingly adept at just flicking the carcase through this gap if it
became damaged, but the weight brought the ceiling down in the end. I
never did learn how long it took for that to happen.
There was a similar event involving
tyres. I was not witness to that but I remember Ray Chatterson telling
me that following the usual tyre moulding inspection he was peering out
of the window overlooking the canal and thought he could see a tyre
outline. A check from the towpath revealed so many carcases had been
thrown in that they eventually literally filled the canal at that point.
What happened was if a damaged carcase
was released from the autoclave it was just 'hoopla'd' down the gangway
between the presses through the window and into the water
Years earlier when 'North British' had
premises on Tottenham Court Road in London there was an area just at the
top of the main staircase where consumer products were displayed and
sold to whoever wandered in.
The surrounding offices were formed by
partitions not quite up to the ceiling which meant occupants could
hear everything being discussed in the sales area.
The then General Manager of Tyres was
Bill Scott. On this particular day a customer had come in just as Bill
Scott was going through and of course 'Bill' offered to help. The
conversation went like this:
Cust. E'm yes I am interested in buying
a pair of Bowling overshoes.
BS. Yes of course I'll get a pair, what
(Because it was lunchtime no warehouse
staff were about and Bill got the shoes himself and proudly handed them
to the customer to try on)
There followed an awkward pause and I
heard the customer say "These shoes have spikes on the bottom"
BS. Yes well you see the spikes are
intended to aerate the bowling lawn as you walk around.
Cust. Well I never. I'll certainly be
the first one in my club to have these.
He actually bought a pair of Golf
Overshoes ... I often wondered what happened when he turned up to bowl.
I can say for sure there was no
subsequent rush for spiked bowling shoes.
When I was at UPE the Coated Fabrics
plant at Vituone began to suffer a big spike in Unexplained Usage.
The factory couldn't control it and Alec
Robertson the then Comptroller suggested we should go down and take an
He further suggested that in his
experience it would be better to go down on the night shift, so that is
what we did.
Anyway. Apart from minor stuff we could
not expose any problem related to operations.
We retired 'hurt' to Tony Sudez office
in the early morning where we had coffee.
I was looking out of the window
overlooking the yard when a truck arrived carrying chemicals. It
was a tractor trailer and of course had to be weighed in.
The unit was much too big for our
somewhat ancient weighbridge so the weighing was accomplished in two
halves ! They drove on the front and then the back section and
added them together.
Tony Sudez not being aware of this
practice went off to find out what was the situation.
It turned out the supplier had upgraded
his delivery vehicles some months earlier which coincided with the
The warehouse foreman just got on with
the job as explained and did not inform the Factory Manager.
Fortunately we were situated next to a
factory with a weighbridge suitable for bigger trucks and Tony got them
to weigh our load. Sure enough there was a sizeable discrepancy.
Thereafter we came to an 'arrangement'
with our neighbour to share his apparatus and we got back to bugetted
had started to get cotton/nylon belting accepted in the mines and I had
the task of taking a couple of Americans to visit a mine in Yorkshire
where they were in use. Afterwards they expressed a wish to have a drink
in a typical miners pub.
found one which was atmospherically perfect. Low ceilinged and dim, full
of miners to a man wearing white 'chokers' and flat caps,playing
dominoes, draughts or just talking ... at least they were until we
breezed in whereupon a silence decended.
The barman didn't say anything, just tilted his chin as a question. I asked one of the Americans what he wanted. To my horror he requested a dry martini, with an onion, not an olive. I swear there was an audible gasp. Then I heard a stage whisper .... "eh up, listen to them with their fancy bloody accents and after shave lotion" This in a broad Yorkshire dialect.
barman then said "in 'ere you'll sup Ale or you'll sup
nothing" They ended up with pint glasses of warm bitter, they did
not enjoy the experience.
time I was in Warsaw (Indiana) coming to the end of a Royalex study
project. A couple of the guys had to get back early and I took them to
the local airfield to hop the company plane back to La Guardia.
my way back to Pedro's where we stayed in Warsaw I decided to find out
just how fast was the Plymouth Fury we had hired. This was in the middle
of nowhere just flatland and corn. So I put down my foot and blasted it.
Well it didn't go that fast and felt decidedly unsafe like a pram on
soft springs. But before I could slow down I had a State Trooper on my
tail, sirens blazing.
demanded my licence which was strange to him and asked where I was from.
When I said London, England he said.. "Jesus, first goddamned
Englishmen I ever saw" He then told me he was writing a
citation and I would have to appear in Warsaw
have? bring him on up" So I ended up on the porch with the Judge
and the Trooper. We chatted about what I was doing, the fact there were
no speed limits on the Motorway and so on, it was very convivial. After
a while the Trooper said he had to get back on patrol
think at 26 dollars that has to be the most interesting dinner I ever
The Retirement of Charles Sursham 1961
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December 4 2010
This is a copy of the discussion on Scottish Radio between Vic Wallis and George Robb
of the BBC all about Oil Hose and it's uses to read please click here
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December 4 2010
This is from the NB News of April 1961 and is
a story told by A C Barrett, Tyres
Advertising Manager who is located at our Horseferry Road Office in London
records his first holiday in Scotland-----and how wonderfully successfully it was
The story- Echoes of 1960 Holidays on the Clyde
SCOTLAND OUR DELIGHT
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April 30 2008
\Sales Changes from NB News issue August September 1960
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The Uniroyal Exhibition
The date of the exhibition
This is a story from the Daily Mail of
-Locketts Restaurant was used by MP's and had a Division Bell installed
to allow MP's to rush to the Commons to vote,
The Restaurant was favoured by our Illustrious Sales Force based at
Horseferry Road office and lead at that time by Ken Lewis
The Editor apologises for the quality of the News cutting
Translation of above three paragraphs
Locket's said thank you last night to Frederick Warren, the 56 year old night porter who saved
the MP's restaurant from one of the deadliest bombs ever placed by terrorists in London. He
called the police after two women told him about a bag on the outside window sill of the restaurant,
which is below the block of flats he looks after in Marsham Street Westminster.
While police cleared diners, Mr Warren ran through the block's corridors shouting to residents
to get out. There was no panic. People just filed out of their rooms and left as soon as they could.
The restaurant manager wanted him to have a meal on the house . But Mr Warren, a father of
four would only accept a quick drink. "I have to get back on duty to make sure the bombers
don't try again" he said