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The Road to Severn Walk
From teenage soldier to skilled mechanic

Geoffrey Mellor

ISBN: 978-1-902019-16-1

108 pages, paperback, 146mm x 208mm.
3 colour and 13 B&W photographs

Published by Greenridges Press, March 2019.

Price: £ 7.00 UK Postage and Packing:


About the Book

Geoffrey Mellor was born in 1934 and moved to ‘Bottom Lostock’, Northwich with his family when he was four. He went to Rudheath Secondary School for Boys and after a short spell at ICI, worked in the motor trade locally for Mr Harry Breeze and J W Foster and Sons before signing up as a ‘regular’ to join The Royal Engineers in August 1952 when he was 18.

He spent most of his Army years as a driver, based at Perham Down in Wiltshire, and learned to drive all sorts of heavy vehicles. He helped to repair the damaged seawall at Canvey Island after the disastrous East Coast floods in 1953 and was among 6,000 members of the armed services drafted in by the Government to break the London oil tanker drivers’ strike later that year.

When he came out of the Army in 1955, Geoff went back into the motor trade, qualified as a skilled mechanic, and after working for various employers, eventually spent 21 years maintaining the Tesco fleet of lorries at the company’s Winsford depot.

He and his “beautiful Lancashire lass” Evelyn were married on 16 February 1963: he says “It was love at first sight for both of us.” They have four daughters, four grand-daughters, four grandsons and three greatgrandsons, and have lived at Severn Walk, Winsford for more than 40 years. In 2017 they were named Tenants of the Year.

After he retired Geoff took up golf and was twice captain of Knights Grange Veterans’ Golf Society. He also loves Shire horses. Friends know him as an avid teller of anecdotes and jokes.

About the Author

Geoffrey Mellor

 

Geoffery Mellor was, in 2002, one of the four authors of Mid-Cheshire Memories - Volume 1 contributing "The Apprentice Fitter's Tale" in which he describes his early life in the part of Lostock, near Northwich, known as the Tip Bonk. He spent his spare time as a boy working on farms, but later took his mother's advice to 'get a trade' and learned to be a motor mechanic. He found he had a natural aptitude and loved the work in spite of the primitive workshop conditions and his bosses' hard discipline.

Geoff got so much pleasure from the publication of that book that he said he would write another book about his time in the army and his later life. He finished this book in 2018.


Reviews
'One Grandad's labour of love to capture the story of his life'
Winsford Guardian
21st March 2019.

Winsford Guardian, 21st March 2019, Page 9

 

On Thursday, 21st March 2019 the Winsford Guardian carried an interview with the author by Barbara Jordon.

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