Gallery: Findus Food Factory
The spirit of the Findus factory in Pelham Road, Cleethorpes, which closed in 1984, was depicted by a dressed skeleton in the entrance of the Winter Gardens in Cleethorpes in October 1985.
But the true spirit of the defunct workplace was bubbling to the surface around the bars and on the dancefloor for the Findus workers first reunion – although it was less than a year since the closure.
More than 600 joined the revelry with dancing to the Regency Band and the Road Runner disco, helped along with drinks of a hot Swedish brew called Clogg.
The foyer contained a large exhibition of photographs of familiar faces and places from the old factory, and every had a great time being reunited.
The greatest surprise of the evening came in the shape of a kissogram girl for factory boss Mr Ray Drury while making his speech, and who was also celebrating his birthday, a secret until then.
“It has given everyone a chance to meet again and have a good natter,” said Mrs Linda Hawley, formerly of the stores department.
“I don’t think we realised we were all so friendly and one big, happy family.”
Together with Mrs Margaret Archer, from planning, Mrs Margaret Edwards from the print department and Mrs Jose Wardle from repack, she began planning and organising the reunion in February 1984, only weeks after the Pelham Road factory closed.