ITT Consumer Products (UK) Ltd, Theaklen Drive, St Leonards – Job Ad 1974

Matt Thomas… My mum worked here

Alan Esdaile… notice the wages

Pauline Richards… And the part time hours ‘for women’

Cliff Wootton… I worked there from 1974 to 1978. Started on the factory floor and worked my way up to draughtsman, illustrator and tech pubs specialist. Happy days

Paul Morfey… Both me and my wife ( janette) worked at ITT in Hastings in the 70ts. That is where we met. We just celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary!

Pete Prescott… I worked there as a temp in 78. I was in the buying dept with Keith Garnsey.

Dave Nattress… Wages – and if I read it right, unequal rates for males/females doing the same job? Certainly though a major player ITT. I had several friends who worked there in different roles or who took different rolls to work, (ham, cheese and pickle and salmon and cucumber being well popular). Of the illustrations on the advert I’m sure many of us had their products. I actually had the radio, cassette player/recorder, (2 of them, used for band rehearsals), and my parents had , the music centre at one time albeit not the best HiFi. Another local name and employer long gone.

Peter Millington… My father Bob Millington worked there managing the Stores Dept. between about 1966 to about 1978. He also organised all the dances at the White Rock and the Queens Hotel, a busy chap!

Paul Bryant… My mother worked there for a short time,remember the Christmas party they used to throw for employees children

Ralph Town… See how repressed women were back then. Different wage rates for men and women. Terrible.

Jan Warren… I worked for British Radio Corporation, Beeching Road, Bexhill in 1971/72 they were soon taken over by ITT!! – I enjoyed working for BRC, lots of my schoolfriends were there, it was fun, nice atmosphere, happy days!!

Richard Johnstone… I worked there from 73 to 78 in production planning. We had 3 categories of production workers – high skilled males, low skilled males and females!  Doing different jobs – women on the component assembly lines, men (skilled) on testing and fault correction and men (low skilled) on jobs known as ‘hauling and mauling’. No overlap between the sexes

Peter Ulyatt… I worked there from 1963ish to 1979 when my wife, 3 kids and I emigrated to Australia. When I started it was known as KB (Kolster Brands). I started checking radios as they came off the assembly line. If they worked, I calibrated them ready for dispatch. If they didn’t work they got put on one side for a technician to fix it. A couple of years later I became one of those technicians. When ITT took it over, can’t remember when, I started working on TVs as a technician and worked up to being a Test Diagnostician. Then came the start of colour TV. A screen about 12 ” across In a massive cabinet full of valves. You needed an asbestos suit to work on them. Good days and a good company to work for.

Pete Prescott… I worked in the purchasing department for a month (temping) in early 78 with Keith Garnsey. amazing guy.

Terry Corder… My first job was there in 1968!

Harry Randall… Did you make it?

Tim Moose Bruce… I had a cassette recorder like the one in the photo when I was at school. Borrowed another one from my brother. Made a very simple passive mixer and did a 3 or 4 track recording, bouncing between the 2 machines. Tracks had guitar and stylophone!. Really muddy sound.

Paul Merison… My Mother used to work the 6-10pm shift in the mid to late 70’s

Chris Meachen… They paid me a wage to go to college for a year, after which I was a technician in the audio department, testing & aligning circuit boards for the music centres illustrated. Occasionally, if one of the ladies on the production line was off, I’d be called in as substitute. Once I stuck around 6000 push buttons on in a day & was amazed at how much my hand hurt at the end of it. The foreman of the audio dept used to lift the flap of the drinks machine & call “thank you” :- I swear he thought there was someone inside it making his tea..

Willie Wicking… Worked next door here at Chloride Transipak in 1976 £19 a week where’s time gone think it’s now Zeus gym

Paul Bannister… I worked there for a few weeks, lifting broken TVs off the production line with a Ugandan Asian guy Mehaboo Nanji. Lovely guy – lovely family. Some funny memories – I actually got sacked for bringing the production line of TVs to a standstill – TWICE in one day. I had strong views on ‘fairness’ even then. Probably why I was Union rep at the BBC

Richard J Porter… In a hotel room in Singapore the TV was made there!! The hand dryer in public toilets was from Basingstoke!! They even have UK 3 pin plugs and sockets. LOL Mostly MK.

Alan Esdaile… in the days we ruled the world.

Paul Marshall… My Dad Roy Marshall worked there all his working life.

Bernard Rea… I started with summer time work experience in 1966/67 wiring wave change switches downstairs surrounded by young women working seated at rows of benches. Those days we could get a clip from the female supervisor if too much talking and too many mistakes were made. Worked my way to radio test line then gained HNC qualification on day release. Eventually made it into Les Wyatt’s Test gear department and looked after TV test signal transmitters. Saw the intro of colour TV. Left in 69 to join Rediffusion Simulation Crawley New Town. Was married and needed a house which were offered for rent through the Commission for new towns as part of the industrial estates housing allocation scheme ….good days never seen in these “modern?” times! Retired for 9 years now..

Martin Stoggell… Wish I’d seen it back in the day. Says I could have made something of myself.

Paul Morfey… I meet my wife there!! Forty years married, three kids, three grand kids, ITT got alot to answer for!!

Janette Morfey… blooming cheek!! Love you darling 😘 xx

4 thoughts on “ITT Consumer Products (UK) Ltd, Theaklen Drive, St Leonards – Job Ad 1974”

  1. Wages – and if I read it right, unequal rates for males/females doing the same job? Certainly though a major player ITT. I had several friends who worked there in different roles or who took different rolls to work, (ham, cheese and pickle and salmon and cucumber being well popular). Of the illustrations on the advert I’m sure many of us had their products. I actually had the radio, cassette player/recorder, (2 of them, used for band rehearsals), and my parents had , the music centre at one time albeit not the best HiFi. Another local name and employer long gone.

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  2. I worked there from 73 to 78 in production planning. We had 3 categories of production workers – high skilled males, low skilled males and females! Doing different jobs – women on the component assembly lines, men (skilled) on testing and fault correction and men (low skilled) on jobs known as ‘hauling and mauling’. No overlap between the sexes
    Richard Johnstone

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  3. I worked there from 1963ish to 1979 when my wife, 3 kids and I emigrated to Australia. When I started it was known as KB (Kolster Brands). I started checking radios as they came off the assembly line. If they worked, I calibrated them ready for dispatch. If they didn’t work they got put on one side for a technician to fix it. A couple of years later I became one of those technicians. When ITT took it over, can’t remember when, I started working on TVs as a technician and worked up to being a Test Diagnostician. Then came the start of colour TV. A screen about 12 ” across In a massive cabinet full of valves. You needed an asbestos suit to work on them.
    Good days and a good company to work for

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  4. I started with summer time work experience in 1966/67 wiring wave change switches downstairs surrounded by young women working seated at rows of benches. Those days we could get a clip from the female supervisor if too much talking and too many mistakes were made. Worked my way to radio test line then gained HNC qualification on day release. Eventually made it into Les Wyatt’s Test gear department and looked after TV test signal transmitters. Saw the intro of colour TV. Left in 69 to join Rediffusion Simulation Crawley New Town. Was married and needed a house which were offered for rent through the Commission for new towns as part of the industrial estates housing allocation scheme ….good days never seen in these “modern?” times! Retired for 9 years now..

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