Factory girls are ready for reunion

Committee organising the Milson's Knitwear reunion.  Clockwise from top left are Yvonne French, Marian Ellis, Jean Magill, Pat Ormerod and Pat Sutcliffe.
Committee organising the Milson's Knitwear reunion. Clockwise from top left are Yvonne French, Marian Ellis, Jean Magill, Pat Ormerod and Pat Sutcliffe.

A group of former Colne factory girls have planned a reunion to be held next week.

The quintet of ex-Milson Knitwear employees who worked for the company in North Valley Road are inviting anybody who worked at Milson’s, sometimes referred to as Comfalux, roughly between 1970 and 1985, to the Wallace Hartley Wetherspoons pub in Church Street at 2pm on Wednesday.

In its heyday, the company made schoolwear from the finest merino wool for well known department stores such as Debenhams and Marks and Spencer. The business also produced top quality garments for leading sportswear retailers.

The committee behind the organising of the reunion, Yvonne French, Marian Ellis, Jean Magill, Pat Ormerod and Pat Sutcliffe, are all looking forward to the event.

Pat Ormerod said: “We are a small group of former work colleagues who meet up quite often and enjoy remembering the happy times spent working together at Milson’s Knitwear.

“The idea to organise a reunion and invite as many colleagues as possible was so often spoken of that we decided to set the wheels in motion and now it’s nearly upon us. It promises to be a great occasion.”

Colne historian Geoff Crambie, who worked at Milson’s himself, said: “It was a great family firm to work for and they really looked after us. I started there in the 1960s and my days were very happy.

“The quality of the product was unbelievable. Each item was checked four times to make sure it was spot on. It was a company up there with the very best.”

For more information please contact Pat Ormerod on 864144 or Pat Sutcliffe on 864280.