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36 Inch Mill Shears

Well that was the caption on the back of the photograph together with ’pre war’ and the names of those in the picture: Lenny Calvert, Ernie Johnson, Charlie Vodden and Tot Porrit. George Brown tells us: ”The large metal block on which the men are; sat moved along the screw thread you can see behind them – IN or OUT – and set the length of billet of steel to be cut by the shears which are out of the picture to the right hand side . I have not seen the complete set up till now as it was not used in my time at the steelworks and parts had been removed. If it had just been in use it would have been too hot to sit on! So must be up for repair or when first put in. Hope this helps?”

Image courtesy of Kathleen Hicks and thanks to George Brown for the update.

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