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.
Conversation with Frank 1 Feb 2005:
"I am totally blind now I cant tell the
difference between night and day, but I get
by, I have my garden and my green house. My
friend got a copy of your book so my daughters
have been reading me bits from it. There's a
lot in it - I've really enjoyed some of the
stories, its brought back loads of memories.
I used to work with Clem Ford. There were good
to me WYF when my eye-sight went they sent to
Torquay for three weeks on a rehabilitation
course and tried to find me a job I could do.
They were a good company to work for.
Ian, I remember the Ryder brothers well. When
Frank became blind we were asked if he bring
a guide dog with him to work and for us to provide
suitable accommodation for the dog on site during
the day; we couldn't, so we employed Frank's
wife instead! Are you able to assist with a
Braille version? Kind regards, as always."