Motors workers to talk about memories

Heyday: A photo taken at Leyland Motors in the late 1980s. It was sent in by reader Ron Melling, of the Leyland Motors Special Vehicles Dept
Heyday: A photo taken at Leyland Motors in the late 1980s. It was sent in by reader Ron Melling, of the Leyland Motors Special Vehicles Dept
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Former Leyland Trucks workers are being called upon to share their memories in front of an audience.

A production is being organised for people to tell their heartwarming or heartbreaking stories about their time working for the manufacturing firm.

The special event will see employees from the Leyland Motors, Trucks and DAF heyday recalling how they started working there, and how they came to leave.

Writer Sonia Hughes, who is organising the production, wants people who worked there in the 1980s and early 1990s to come forward with ideas.

She said: “I want people to tell stories about their working life; funny stories from when they were apprentices, or heartbreaking tales from when people were made redundant.

“I want a few people to stand on stage and talk about their time at Leyland Trucks.

“I’ll write the performance to help edit the order of the stories, so that the evening flows well.

“My job is to help people decide which parts of their memories to talk about and for how long, but they won’t have to memorise a whole speech.

“You can’t fail at telling your own story anyway.”

Around ten men from Leyland have showed an interest in her project so far, which is set to launch in September.

But Sonia also wants to speak to people for an ‘audio archive’ of memories.

She and historian Sharon Forrest want to record interviews with other former workers, and hope to find some willing participants as they organise the stage show.

“It’ll be like a night out at a social club,” Sonia said. “We’ll have rehearsals beforehand, but people know how to tell their own story.

“We’re looking for around five people to perform, but the more the merrier.”

The event will be held in a social club in Preston in September.

To get involved, call 0161 256 1234.