The Mayor of Pendle was highly impressed when he visited a key mill which proves Pendle still has a major role in the textile industry.
Mayor Coun. Smith Benson had a look round William Reed Weaving’s Spring Bank Mill on Every Street, Nelson – and it was revealed to him that William Reed had been a Mayor of Nelson well over 100 years ago. He was just the fourth mayor of the town in 1895/6 and 1896/7.
Back in those days the mill was very much part of the cotton industry which was a huge factor in Pendle. Nelson grew massively in the middle of the 19th century because of that.
Lots of mills have now gone, but Spring Bank Mill is still very active, and is involved in continuous filament weaving.
The current mayor said: “It was an excellent visit. I was very, very impressed with the set-up and what they do. It is very modern – it’s excellent.
“They were pleased I had been. They really do all sorts of things in the textile industry.”
He met up with general manager Mr Andrew Gill and divisional director weaving Mr John Reed – William was his great-grandfather.
Mr Gill said: “We were very pleased to meet the mayor. William Reed was one of the first mayors of Nelson and we showed the mayor a picture of William Reed wearing the mayoral chain of Nelson.
“We are a very modern textile firm. It’s a state-of-the-art mill using Japanese technology. We produce around 180,000 linear metres a week.”
The material they create can go to parachutes, hot air balloons, fabrics for the coating industry, anti-static fabrics, release fabrics, cable binding fabrics, Ministry of Defence specified fabrics, flame retardant fabrics, performance fabrics and much more.