"Where are they now?"
I worked from the Burroughs Machines office in Blackpool Road, Preston, England, from 1974 to 1981.
I've dug out some old pictures from one of the Centurion sales events in Venice - see if you can see yourself!
2015 BURROUGHS REUNION
Nine of us made it to the 2015 Reunion at The Smoker - click on the picture below to see a larger version.
2014 BURROUGHS REUNION
Once again the Smoker Inn at Plumley, Knutsford, WA16 0TY hosted our annual get-together on 6 June 2014, organised as always by Bill Seddon.
And we had great weather again too!
2013 BURROUGHS REUNION DRINKS
Some of the old gang from Burroughs Preston got together in December to celebrate being still alive - Ged Thompson, Adrian Grayston, Martin Jervis, Ross Morrell and Chris Pickles
Click on the photo to see what these guys look like today - still having fun together as always! More meet-ups to come!
Another meeting was held on 7 June at the Smoker Inn, Plumley, near Knutsford, attended by Steve Wilshere, Terry Gomersall, Ian & Rita Pogson, Colin Inge, Alex York, Alan Talbot, Charlie Nash, Chris Pickles, Jim Rigby, Tony Ellis, John Horton, Alf Kiernan, Ross Morrell, Bill Seddon.
2011 BURROUGHS REUNION DRINKS
From Preston there was Alan Talbot, Charlie Nash, Peter Happer and myself, as well as Bill Seddon and Keith Marsden who were the ones who made it happen.
My colleagues in Preston included:
Alan Talbot - Branch Manager
Norman Beebe - Zone Field Engineering Manager (Banks)
Gordon Briggs - Field Engineer
Ernie Burridge - Field Engineer
Ray Chatburn - Field Engineer
Peter Collett - salesman
Brian Dugdale - Field Engineer
John Fishburn - Branch Manager - got promoted to World Headquarters in Detroit, USA
Sheila Garland - Receptionist
Frank Goldsmith - Zone Service Manager
Pat Gormley - Zone Field Engineering Manager (Commercial)
Adrian Grayston - salesman - now runs his own company Graduate International
Peter Happer - salesman
Peter Hargreaves - salesman - co-founder of Hargreaves Lansdown, the financial services firm based in Bristol, UK
Gary Hempstock - Field Engineer
Ray Hill - Field Engineer
John Holt - Field Engineer
John Jenkins - Field Engineer
Peter Jones - salesman, Burroughs Business Forms - now in politics as well
Martin Jervis - salesman - now Group COO at Fundraising Initiatives Group
Kevin Jones - salesman
Dave Kay - salesman - now Europe VP Channels at IBM
Max Kirkham - salesman - now a teacher at Arnold School
Fred Little - Field Engineer
Andy Lowe - Engineer
Charles Marsden - salesman
David Metcalf - Systems Analyst
Tom Moore - salesman
Ross Morrell - salesman - now runs his own company Target Services Ltd
Charlie Nash - Branch Manager
Ron Needham - Field Engineer
Mike Ohajuru - salesman, Burroughs Business Forms - now Director, MATERNA Communications
Graeme Parkin - Workshop Engineer
Eileen Phillips - panel builder
Chris Pickles - salesman - been in Financial Technology marketing ever since then
Elliot Ray - Field Engineer, who retired when I was still there
David Robinson - Field Engineer
Keith Sharp - salesman
Geoff Smyth - salesman - now Managing Director at Eventus Solutions Group
Richard Stansfield - salesman
Lawrie Taylor - Field Engineer
Ged Thompson - salesman - now COO at Westbrook International plc
Ken Tipper - Branch Field Engineering Manager
Alan Waddington - Field Engineer
Dennis Wadsworth - Branch Engineering Manager
Derek Warburton - salesman, Burroughs Business Forms
Bob Warner - Field Engineer
Gordon Whitby - Field Engineer
Graham Williams - Field Engineer
And here's an old picture of the Preston Field Engineering team that deserves to be up here too.
It was taken at Elliot Ray's retirement party. Click on the photo below to see the full-size picture.
If you see anyone in the picture whose name is not on the list above, please just send it in - or if that's you in the line-up -
get in touch!
One of the software houses that we worked with a lot was SAM Systems of Manchester.
Bill Seddon and Keith Marsden, who were two of our main contacts at SAM Systems, now run Gardien Ltd in Bowdon, Cheshire.
If any of you are out there, why not drop me an email and say "hello!" - or "get that picture off there!"
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