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The new Ford plant at Bridgend is so large that workers use bicycles to get around

The new Ford plant at Bridgend is so large that workers use bicycles to get around


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The new Ford plant at Bridgend is so large that workers use bicycles to get around

The new Ford plant at Bridgend is so large that workers use bicycles to get around.
Picture shows Mr Mike Keohane of Porthcawl (LEFT) and Mr John Preece of Ogmore - by - Sea (RIGHT) having a chat as they meet on their travels.
Picture taken 21st December 1979

Media ID 21852750

© Mirrorpix

1979 Bicycles Factory Ford Manufacturers


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In this print from 1979, we catch a glimpse of the immense scale of the new Ford plant at Bridgend. The sheer size of the factory is so vast that workers have resorted to using bicycles as their preferred mode of transportation within its sprawling grounds. As we observe Mr Mike Keohane and Mr John Preece in conversation, it becomes evident that these two individuals are not merely colleagues but also friends who have crossed paths during their travels on their trusty bicycles. The image encapsulates an era when industry and manufacturing were at the forefront of economic growth. It serves as a testament to the ambition and innovation driving Ford's operations during this period. The presence of bicycles highlights both practicality and camaraderie among workers navigating such a colossal workspace. This photograph transports us back to a time when factories symbolized progress, employment opportunities, and technological advancements. It offers us a glimpse into an industrial landscape where hard work was met with friendship amidst the hustle and bustle. As we reflect upon this snapshot from history, it reminds us how far we have come in terms of automation and efficiency within modern-day factories. Nevertheless, it also evokes nostalgia for an era when personal connections were forged through chance encounters like those captured between Mr Keohane and Mr Preece on their bicycle journeys through Ford's monumental plant in Bridgend.

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