Sheffield man of steel for 49 years

Lindsay Ward.
Lindsay Ward.
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A devoted Sheffield man of steel has retired after clocking up 49 years in the business.

In 1966 Cassius Clay beat Henry Cooper, England won the World Cup, mini-skirts were the height of fashion, Harold Wilson and the Labour Party won the general election, the first episode of Star Trek was aired and I’m a Believer by The Monkees was in the charts.

It was also the year that a young Lindsay Ward walked though the gates as a 15-year-old for his first day at the then Firth Brown – later to become Sheffield Forgemasters.

Now Lindsay, who has clocked up 49 years’ service, having started on April 12, 1966 and spent his entire working career there, has served his last days in the machine shops at the Brightside Lane base.

The 64-year-old from Parson Cross has retired from Forgemasters and was given a special send-off by his colleagues.

Lindsay said: “I will always remember numerous experiences at the company, including the amalgamation of Firth Brown with British Steel’s River Don Works which went on to form Sheffield Forgemasters in 1982, to the clean-up operation following the 2007 floods.

“I really liked my job and seeing the finished article go out of the machine shops. Our products go all over the world. We worked hard and had a good laugh – that’s really important and probably kept me there so long.

“Every day could be different working on many different machines.

“Forgemasters has developed into a different company since I started there. It has had to diversify to compete and stay ahead of global competition.

Lindsay, whose dad worked at Firth Brown for more than 40 years, was presented with a gift from colleagues.