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Former EKCO factory workers reunited at Southend Museum
By Oliver Rogers
BBC Essex

Former EKCO workers go to reunion

Southend Museum has staged a special reunion for former employees of the town's EKCO factory.

The company was famous for mass producing circular bakelite radio sets, the most popular being a model called the 'AD 65'.

Started in 1924 the company of Eric Kirkham Cole Limited produced consumer products and helped to produce radar.

The 'AD 65' EKCO radio is one of the items in our 10 Essex 'A History of the World' objects.

EKCO cake
The cake ready to be cut, iced like an AD 65!

Minnie Bunn, now nearing 90-years-old, began work in Southend in 1934 and stayed with the firm for 32 years.

"Some of the girls from when I ran the evening line recognised me, and the first thing they asked me to do was a cartwheel, as I used to do that along the production line at Christmas!" she said.

Many former workers met their partners whilst working at the factory in Southend.

Among them, Rita married Roland Drage and the couple have been together for 41 years.

"Roland was an apprentice at EKCO and he asked me and my sister Brenda out on a date. Unfortunately, Brenda's date didn't work out!" said Rita.

The factory still holds fond memories for over 200 people in the town, many of whom were able to exchange reminiscences over a cup of tea at Southend's museum recently.

To mark the occasion, a cake shaped liked an EKCO radio was made!


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