The People of Auto-Wrappers Whiffler Road factory

Whiffler Road workshop with (back left) Jack Lowe  (front left) Ted "Bunny" Smith and (right) Johnny Dye

Thanks to Kelvin Woodard for help with names 

Photo Ref: AW0050 

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Anybody fancy a Polo? .... Dick Gash ( left ) worked at AutoWrappers from 1952 to his retirement in 1995.

this photo was taken in 1978  at the Autowrappers Factory on Whiffler Road 

looking at the Polo Cartoning Machine are Dick Gash, Reg Suffolk, Paul Leak (front) from the Drawing office.

Cardboard cartoners came down as flat packs, glued by the machine, formed then filled up with Polo’s.

Photo Ref: AW0210 Photo Courtesy of Simon and Dick Gash

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1978 Dick Gash at Whiffler Road working on a twin feed Super 2000 Roll Wrap and Cartoner 

Photo Ref: AW0218 Photo Courtesy of Simon  and Dick Gash, and thanks to Geoff King and Dick Bull for filling in the missing names

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People are:

1: Billy Allen
2: Dave Garnet
3: Stanley Osbourne
4: Jack Lowe
5: Bob Bull
6: Ken Kalinski
7: George Proudfoot
8: Dick Gash

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1978 Autowrappers at an exhibition

Left to right, Mike Bangay, Barry Moore, Malcom Gurney, Robert Brown.

All Development Engineers standing in front of Machine in an exhibition (Probably Birmingham)

Photo Ref: AW0217 Photo Courtesy of Simon and Dick Gash

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Brian Woods and Ian White 

Photo Ref: AW0052 

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Stephen Pope on the centre lathe ( foreground )

Lenny Beard on the Herbert 4 Capstan Lathe taken between 1967 to 1969 

Photo Ref: AW0053 

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Malcom Gurney, Roger Knight, Tommy Neil, Barry Moore.

Photo Ref: AW0098

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The Whiffler Road Crew

Photo Ref: AW096

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01  Rodney Townley

02  Roger Woodrow 

03  Chris Crowe

04  Brian Crome 

05  Alan Smith

06  Alan McDonald 

07  Paul Holmes 

08  Andy Mattless 

09  David Aldridge  

10  David Tuddenham 

11  Alan Lappin 

12  Andy Gill  

13  Dave Brighty 

14  Karl Stolworthy 

15  John Tink  

16  Bob Lincoln

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( Whiffler Road ) Bob Tyrell, Jonny Johnson, Stephen (Pickles) Nichols

Photo Ref: AW0070

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( Whiffler Road ) Andy Mattless, Jonny Johnson.

Photo Ref: AW0072 

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Photo Ref: AW0154 Courtesy of Phil and Carol White.

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1, John Cassey
2, Ron Punchcard
3, Phil White
4, John Dye.
5, Fred Hare.
6, Steven Durrant.
7, Bertie Stone.

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Photo Ref: AW0155 Courtesy of Phil and Carol White. Thanks to Julian Woods and Danny Corder for help with missing names  

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 1, Nigel Dunthorne
 2, Julian Woods
 3, Roy Lee
 4, John Bartlett
 5, Clive Ulmer
 6, Paul Wright
 7, Bertie Stone
 8, Danny Corder
 9, John Dye
10, Lee Payne
11, Peter Billings
12, Fred Hare
13, Mark Freestone
14, Chris Rayner
15, Ray Hannant

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Photo Ref: AW0156 Courtesy of Phil and Carol White. taken in 1984

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1, Phil White
2, Caroline Saniford
3, Don Trimble
4, John Cranmer.
5, Julian Woods.
6, Rex Burr.
7, Michael Harvey.
8, Peter Billings.
9, David King.
10, David Whyles.

11, David Garnet.
12, Geoff Bloomfield.
13, David Mortimer.
14, Roy Cooke.
15, Adrian Gardener.
16, Brian Daynes.
17, Erie Rose.
18, John Wythe.
19, Michael Knights.
20, Fred Coubrough.

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Thanks to Kelvin Woodard for helping with the name of Number 4 and Adrian Warnes for the name of Number 1 

Photo Ref: AW0157 Courtesy of Phil and Carol White.

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1, Malcolm Lake
2, Phil White
3, Kelvin Woodard.
4, Roland Catchpole

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Photo Ref: AW0158 Courtesy of Phil and Carol White.  

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1, Julian Woods.
2, Clive Ulmer.
3, Phil White.
4, Tony Cannell-Smith.
5, John Wythe.
6, Dick Gash.
7, Kevin Haylock.
8, Dick Payne.
9, Mike Perfect.
10, Michael Knights.

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The Auto-Wrappers Sheet Metal Shop Crew from 1997 

Photo Ref: AW0220 Photo Courtesy of Paul TInk

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1. Steve Denby.
2. Brian Chrome.
3. Steve Nichols.
4. David Howell.
5. Kelly.
6. Bob Tyrell.
7. Les Gouch.
8. Craig Bryant.
9. Dick Bull.
10. Tom Durrance.
11. Terry Bradford.

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The photo belows shows Dennis Smith (on the right)  testing a Super 2000 Roll Wrapper, Dennis was a  Chief Design Engineer at Autowrappers ( Thanks to Sarah Allerton for letting us know that Denis is her father )

Photo Ref: AW0231 Photo Courtesy of Richard Rush and Trevor Kirby

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Another day in the office Graham Conway, David Garnet and David Mortimer.  

Photo Ref: AW0259 Photo Courtesy of David Mortimer 

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Another day in the office with  David Mortimer.   

Photo Ref: AW0258 Photo Courtesy of David Mortimer 

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Making sure the Customers get the correct parts (after tea break that is)

Barbara Myhill, David Mortimer, and Roger Knight.   

Photo Ref: AW0260 Photo Courtesy of David Mortimer 

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One day i will get myself a Boat thinks .....  Roger Knight 

Photo Ref: AW0261 Photo Courtesy of David Mortimer ( photo taken in late 2000 )

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David Mortimer and Julian Woods

Photo Ref: AW0262 Photo Courtesy of David Mortimer

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It was decided by others at Autowrappers that Morty's bike lacked some Christmas spirit, but it was soon rectified !  

Photo Ref: AW0263 Photo Courtesy of David Mortimer

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Sometimes it wasnt always easy at Autowrappers, when things got tough staff were paid by other means  

Photo Ref: AW0264 Photo Courtesy of David Mortimer

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Morty predicting the future in 2019 for an unknown draughtsman ....  ( Drawn in 1979 )

Photo Ref: AW0266 Photo Courtesy of David Mortimer

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David Warner popping into the office to say Hi 

Photo Ref: AW0267 Photo Courtesy of David Mortimer. photo taken late 2000

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John Plumstead and Mike Knights. 

Photo Ref: AW0271 Photo Courtesy of David Mortimer 

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A very sad and poignant polaroid photo taken by David Mortimer,  just after the passing of Mike Knights .... a man who is a legend in the Autowrappers fraternity.......  in the photo .. Geoff Bloomfeild  (left)  John Colk (right)

Photo Ref: AW0282 Photo Courtesy of David Mortimer and Thanks to Julian Woods for the name of the guy on the right. 

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Roger Knight RIP 2017

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Kevin Haylock making some fine tuning adjustments to a super 4000 roll wrapper in the style of a certain engineer.  

                                   Photo Ref: AW0645 Photo Courtesy of Jon Bye 

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