Over 390 photographs and illustrations
The work is very much about a lad who grew up in the cosy terraced streets of the Bradford district of Manchester. Here from a young age, he was immersed in the sight, sound and smells of heavy industry from the likes of Armstrong Whitworth, Beyer Peacock, English Steel, GEC, Mather & Platt and Crossley Brothers. His childhood was interrupted by the War years, and images of the devastation caused by the bombing raids are included.
Very much part of Ron’s formative years was Belle Vue Manchester; with its amusement park, boxing and wrestling venues, dance halls, gardens, greyhound stadium, restaurants, speedway stadium, zoo and much more. During his teens, Ron took up playing the saxophone and played in local dance bands both before and after his spell in the RAF as a Flight Mechanic.
Although becoming a highly trained pattern maker while working for Crossley Brothers, Ron developed a skill and passion for photography and film making. After leaving Crossley’s, he worked for a time at Francis Shaw of Manchester as a photographer & film maker then the National Film Agency of Manchester as chief cameraman and editor, and finally B&S Massey Ltd of Openshaw as their reprographics manager.
Although photography was and is Ron’s passion, he is probably best known for the wonderful model steam boats he manufactured. Whilst trading as “Modeen Marine Steam Models”, his boats and steam engines delighted highly satisfied customers all over the world.
Historic and nostalgic photographs of Manchester are included and hopefully, there is much to interest the toy steam and model boat enthusiast. Reference is made to Mamod, Stuart Models, Chart Steam Models, Mersey Model Co. Ltd, Perico Models, A Thierens & Sons, Lesro Models and MSS with some of the information being previously unpublished.
Now in his 80’s, Ron is still active in Manchester and can sometimes be heard presenting jazz music on local radio or seen locally giving talks on photography.
The launch date was March 2014 and initially it was also available from Headley's of Ashford. Now out of print, it too can now be purchased direct from the author, Colin Laker for £20.00 post paid (UK). This represents exceptional value for money. For further details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.