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Nostalgia: Workers’ trip to Winter Gardens

A Glossop cotton mill certainly gave its workers a Christmas to remember as the country emerged from six years of war.

Woods Brothers hired a special train and took 440 of them on an all-expenses paid day out in Morecambe.

What prompted the trip to the seaside in December 1946, was not properly explained in the Chronicle story.

It could have been an increase in orders or the introduction of a five day working week.

But whatever the reason, Glossop’s cotton spinners joined others from mills in Stockport and Manchester in a 1,300 party at the resort’s Winter Gardens.

Glossop’s fun-seekers arrived in Morecambe at 12.30pm where they sat down to a hot meal that was the start of a party which went on until midnight.

There was dancing, modern and old time, singing, afternoon tea and a presentation to mill-workers, including 14 from Glossop who had clocked up at least 50 years’ service with the various firms.

The Woods Brothers train pulled into Glossop station at 3.30am the following day, but it did not mean a walk home for the happy but tired  workers.

The company had fired a fleet of coaches to take everyone right to their front doors.

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