Local exhibitions - Newbury Diesel Company

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NDC in Newbury

The local Newbury Corn Exchange held, from time to time, exhibitions at which local manufacturers and public utilities could display themselves to the general  public.. The post war years were austerity years and this exhibition was held in 1948.. Part of the purpose of the exhibition was to restore confidence in local and national manufacturing but also for the exhibitors to find suitable employees either skilled  or for apprenticeships.

The exhibition was opened by the Labour MP Mr L John Edwards OBE MP.
Centre stage the big names of Newbury..

Vickers Armstrong,..................the aircraft industry.
Elliotts of Newbury...................furniture and glider manufacturers
Opperman Gears.....................gearbox and drive manufacturers
Plenty & Sons.........................steam engine and local foundry operators
Newbury Diesel Company.......manufacturers of marine oil engines.

All those names have faded into the past with the exception of Plenty & Co although they no longer manufacture heavy engineering and are now known as SPP Ltd pump and valve manufacturers  and of course the Newbury Diesel Company, now known as Radamec with local offices making specialist marine control systems.

Advertising for graduates in 1965.
A page from the Reading university rag magazine "Rattler".
Courtesy Emma Chaplin.
 
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