Consett’s Christmas Countdown Day 10

Are you hanging up your stocking on the wall?

Well, the employees of Consett Iron Company definitely were, and with some style. Decorations are such an important part of Christmas, and in my opinion the more gaudy and brightly coloured the better they are. Looking at the CIC Magazine, Christmas trees, tinsel and fake snow abounded across the site in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Canteen workers in at the BOS plant spread some Christmas cheer along with the bread and butter after a whip round from regulars to buy the decorations in 1966, and this must have added a a bit of colour and festive spirit to the functionality of the room.

There was a slightly dubious use of a fire extinguisher to create a Santa decoration at Shotley Bridge Hospital in 1963 – I suspect it would not get past the eagle eyes of modern Health and Safety Officers.

Particular mention must go to Jean Thompson, the Receptionist in the General Offices, who seems to have taken a great deal of pride and care in creating some magnificent decorations, including this fabulous snowy scene in 1965. It would be great to know more about Jean – do get in touch if you knew her and can share her story.