A review of Meltdown is attached
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Mrs V Spark
Leeds Civic Trust
17-19 Wharf street
Leeds LS2 7EQ
"Just to say many thanks for the 60 copies of "Meltdown", it's a really splendid and original publication and we are delighted to have it.
Stock Services Librarian, Leeds Library & Information
Letter dated 22/1/05
"Dear Sir, As an ex-employee of West Yorkshire
foundries I was interested to hear of the exhibition
at Armley Mills. I wonder if you could post me a copy
of the book “meltdown” As I am totally
blind is there a possibility that the book could be
translated into Braille. I am the youngest of 3 brothers
who all worked at WYF with a total service of nearly
100 years. Eldest brother, Arthur Ryder was a foreman
for several years in N0 4 foundry in the 60’s/70’s.
My other brother, Lawrence Ryder, was a rate fixer
in the iron dept during the same period. I, frank
worked in the 23 dept under Arthur groom, then as
core maker in 54-core shop and 56-core shop. My sight
deteriorated then I was transferred to pressure dye
dept where I completed 30 years service being made
redundant in 1979.
Best wishes to all ex-employees,"
Frank Ryder (Age 80)
"Hi, Can I start with saying how
sad I am to see this foundry shut down, all my family
have worked in total about 60 years my dad John J.
Threlfall started in 1961 left 1979 when my brother
Mark J. Threlfall started and worked 18 years I myself
John W. Threlfall started Feb. 94 and left Feb. 99
then my sister Angela L. Threlfall and other brother
Vincent J. Threlfall worked at the Cross green plant,
but Vince came to cross green in the end and was the
last one to work, at the time the Foundry was my life
and to this day I miss it. attach pic is me John W.
Threlfall in 95 when I was doing l4 on the beans hotbox
with an unbeaten record in a 12 hour shift with 925
blows. Regards, missed very much,"
Mr. John Threlfall
"Hi my name is Paul carter. I have
been to the meltdown exhibition in Leeds and there
I was all 5ft 8 off me. full size picture of me. Could
you please let me know wot will happen to the picture
When the exhibition ends. as I would like to have
it if there are no plans for it. I have been told
that the exhibition will be on TV do we know when
this will be. Thanking you,"
"Dear Ian, I would love to review
"Meltdown" and send comments on to you.
I check your site periodically because I love the
arts working in behalf of
people power. Visited the office in Leeds a couple
years back. No snow down here and only a bit chilly
in the 50's F. Tomorrow warming up so I will send
a 70's F breeze blowing in your general direction.
"Dear Ian: My copy of Meltdown
has arrived and a proper review will follow but for
now... know that it is beautifully done! Took me to
immediately when I read the "You're never too
old to be what you should have been" reflection.
So much tender toughness in the images and words.
Carry it on. Best!"
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