My Dad worked in Ham – it just about comes in Kingston – in the Cellon’s paint factory that was opposite the Hawkers Aircraft factory. I think that just about comes over the border into Kingston. My Dad worked there for 42 years although he did his stint in the RAF duringthe war.
I’ve got to give Dad my credit – a lovely man. He worked very, very hard. He worked 5½ days in the week, he would work Monday to Friday. He would do a half day on Saturday morning overtime in the factory but as long he can he also used to do gardening jobs for some of the more wealthy people from Ham and Petersham. After he had done a day’s work in the summer he would go off in the evening to do gardening and at weekends.