“My father and uncle both worked at Shorts, the latter throughout the war. He told me stories of being a ‘Fire Warden’ and the bombing of the factory along The Esplanade.
I can remember being on his shoulders in the early 50’s and seeing flying boats moored in front of the Rochester site [Seaplane Works] and I think of them taking off. I was under five at the time.
Before he died my uncle gave me a set of tools and a toolbox that he had made as an apprentice at Shorts. He told me that it was part of the course to get his ‘letters’.”