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Ten members, representing three generations of the Spindler family visited the Bata Estate in East Tilbury on Friday, 28 December 2018. Their forebears, the late Mr and Mrs Spindler, arrived in East Tilbury in the late 1950s and lived in Princess Margaret Road. In the 1930s, Mr Spindler started work at the original Bata factory in Zlin in the Czech Republic. He went on to work at Batanaga in India before coming to the UK. Mrs Spindler was renowned for her home-grown vegetables and colourful flowers and was often seen tending her garden. They were both well known in the Bata community.
The trip was organised by Peter Spindler, the grandson. The primary purpose of the visit was to provide an opportunity for some of the descendants of the Spindler family to see where their ancestors had lived and worked, and to understand more about the history of Bata in the UK and the important social heritage of the community in East Tilbury. Some of the family had travelled a long way, including Sim from Australia who brought her family on their first visit to the UK.
The Spindlers thanked volunteers, Mike, Paul and Irene, for their commentary during the visit. Sim emailed to say “What a wonderful day learning about family & sharing memories. I’m so grateful to have had this experience.” Peter wrote “May I echo Sim’s thanks for your time, I too learnt masses today …”.
The Bata Heritage Centre thank the family for their generous donation towards the work of the Centre.
Following the tour, the family lunched at The Ship in East Tilbury village.