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A former Bata college boy, Brian Nolan, got in touch with us recently and sent us the above picture of some of his fellow students and friends from Christmas 50 years ago! They certainly seem to be in a festive mood and I suspect the evening had only just started …..  Brian writes:

This photo was taken just before Christmas 1968 in the lobby of the Bata Hotel. Pictured are graduates of the Bata Technical College and friends attending the annual Bata Christmas Staff Dinner. All of the guys were working in the East Tilbury factory at this time but within a few years several were working in Bata factories in Kenya, Nigeria and  Jamaica. Sadly many are no longer with us. The rest wondering where the years have gone. 

From memory some of those in the photo:
Simon and Mary Peel,   Bruce and Christine English, Mark and Dot Tinker, Dave Earnshaw, Andy Bax, John Millway, Colin Armstrong, Jane Thompson, Mike Mortimer, Dave Martin, Keith Sewell, Brian Nolan, Brian Brown.
We’d be really happy to hear from any of those (male or female) in the photograph or if you have any news about their whereabouts, please contact us at
Additionally, we’d be pleased to hear from any former Bata Technical College boys, not just those in this photograph.  We’d love to build a picture of how your Bata training shaped (or otherwise) your future career.  Also, it would be great to arrange a re-union so that we can all catch up and reminisce about the old days!
Bata Technical College Graduates and Friends – Christmas 1968

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