If you worked at the old Crane Fruehauf factory at North Walsham you may recognise some of the faces at this reunion

PUBLISHED: 14:43 03 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:08 04 April 2014

Former North Walsham Crane Fruehauf workers at their annual reunion.

Former North Walsham Crane Fruehauf workers at their annual reunion.


They are a sea of faces from one of north Norfolk’s long-lost major employers.

Crane Fruehauf’s factory at North Walsham used to produce lorry trailers before it shut with the loss of 500 jobs, causing a major blow to the local area.

Former staff are keeping in touch through an annual get together organised by former supervisor Billy Quantrill.

The event is now in its fifth year and continues to grow, having risen from 10 to 85 guests.

Mr Quantrill, 68, from Pound Road, worked there from 1969 to 1989, rising from storeman to machine room supervisor.

He said: “We enjoy talking about the good times we had - at work, and at play, through things like the social club and football team.”

He played for the team, scoring many goals in the Norwich Sunday League.

The recent reunion was held at Rossi’s 10-pin bowling club at North Walsham.

This year’s event saw guests included former company boss Basil Day and manager Ian Walker.

The old factory site - which Mr Quantrill said had 1,000 workers in its heyday - has been partly redeveloped with Davenport’s Magic Kingdom.

Mr Quantrill is keen to contact more former North Walsham Cranes employees for future reunions.

He can be contacted via email at on or by phoning 01692 407739.

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