History group tracks down staff in old Lockheed photo

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Leamington History Group has tracked down the Lockheed staff featured in this old photograph which was discovered in a charity shop in Leamington.

Group chairman Barry Franklin appealed through the Courier for information about the people pictured on a
 glass photographic slide and two readers have contacted him.

One of them was Michael McCubbin who said: “I am the young man in the photo. I was an apprentice at the time. I think the other man’s name was Norman Tarver.

“I worked at AP for 44 years and finished up as superintendent in the experimental/prototype shop.

“I joined AP in 1956, spent the first year as a trainee. I then served a five-year apprenticeship and finished
 my time as a centre lathe turner.

“I worked in the experimental/prototype machine shop. Unfortunately, this was closed down and I was made redundant in 2000.

Sandra Payne also contacted the history group. She said: “What a surprise! Just seen a picture of my grandmother, who is now deceased, assembling a brake drum.

She worked at Lockheed for several years. Her name was Julia Maud Ingram. ”

The Lockheed/Borg and Beck company, based in Tachbrook Road, was once Leamington’s biggest employer.

It became the Automotive Products Group, which was the major employer in Leamington for around 40 years.

It was generally referred to locally as AP or Lockheed although the company used many brand names.

Leamington FC (aka the Brakes) was founded in 1933 and became known as Lockheed Leamington and then AP Leamington in 1973, as the works team.

In 1988 AP sold the Windmill Ground in Tachbrook Road for housing.