Did you work at the famous city firm which made just about everything?

The first driving school in the country. Note the two steering wheels, c1919. Picture: Archant libra

The first driving school in the country. Note the two steering wheels, c1919. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

Did you ever work at the much-loved and famous Mann Egerton company which employed thousands of men and women over the years?

the Mann Egerton/Botwoods Exide wan, dated c1920s. Picture: Archant library

the Mann Egerton/Botwoods Exide wan, dated c1920s. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

If the answer is yes then, it is time to clock on again.

More people are wanted for a reunion on Friday October 6 and if the numbers are down, well, it could be the last one.

The response so far has been poor and now the organising committee are reaching out in a bid to get the message across to the former ME team – come and join us.

For so many years they were a major employer in Norwich and across East Anglia, and all over the country.

Ready to roll: the refrigeration lads at Mann Egerton prepare to set off from their Woolpack depot i

Ready to roll: the refrigeration lads at Mann Egerton prepare to set off from their Woolpack depot in the early 1950s. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant


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Like many other companies they became absorbed into a large group, and have now all but disappeared - but the memories live on.

There are still many employees who loved working for ME and for the past 25 years they have enjoyed an annual reunion.

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Not only are they great occasions to catch up on what all the members of the 'ME family' have been up to but, as people get older, it is important to keep an eye on each other.

'The very nature of the reunions is that the potential numbers will decline as there are very few recent employees and the passing of time will inevitably take its toll,' said one of the organisers, Kelvin Goodrum.

A view of the main garage at Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, which accomodated 200 cars. Dated c.1912

A view of the main garage at Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, which accomodated 200 cars. Dated c.1912. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

'The committee still believes however, that there are enough old Mann Egertonians out there to keep the reunions viable for several more years,' he added.

And he said: 'If you are not coming along this year, perhaps you will reconsider, maybe bring a partner, and/or encourage a former colleague to join you. Please remember if you ever worked for ME we would love to see you and there will be a very warm welcome,' said Kelvin.

That's Friday October 6 at The Cottage public house, Thunder Lane, Norwich, from 7.30pm. There will also be a buffet along with some familiar faces.

For more details from Kelvin email kelvin.goodrum@btconnect.com or call him on 07770 960965.

Trade and Industry - Manufacturing
Mann Egerton staff at work refurbishing a lorry
Dated -- 5

Trade and Industry - Manufacturing Mann Egerton staff at work refurbishing a lorry Dated -- 5 June 1959 Photograph -- C10267

C10886 Mann Egerton Works Outing,
Sept 21st, 1946
Ok for Photosales Use

C10886 Mann Egerton Works Outing, Sept 21st, 1946 Ok for Photosales Use

A 1932 Austin Seven delivery van, pictured at the Mann Egerton Commercial Vehicle show. 1975

A 1932 Austin Seven delivery van, pictured at the Mann Egerton Commercial Vehicle show. 1975 - Credit: Archant

Norwich Streets -- P
A photograph when traffic used to travel towards the city along Prince of Wale

Norwich Streets -- P A photograph when traffic used to travel towards the city along Prince of Wales Road taken at the junction with King Street. Mann Egerton's car showroom with garage at the rear has now been replaced with an office block Dated -- 19 December Photograph -- C4338

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