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    A newly married young couple were very keen to become members of an obscure church. They were interviewed by the pastor, who was impressed by their sincerity, but went on to describe one final test to confirm their acceptance. "In order to prove that you are prepared to put the church above all else, you must refrain from any sort of sexual liaison for the next month. Are you both sure you can do this?" "It won't be easy" they replied, "but we are sure we can do it". "In that case" said the pastor, "come back and see me in a month and we can bestow full membership on you both". However, they were back in only three weeks. "Alright, what happened?" asked the pastor. "Well" said the young man, "the first week was very trying, but we were determined to fulfill our requirements and held out. Then the second week was much worse, but still we thought about what you said and abstained. Then yesterday I caught my wife bending over some tins of paint and I really couldn't help myself. I had to have my evil way there and then." "I'm afraid that the congregation will take a dim view of this" said the pastor. The young man looked sheepish and replied "Well they weren't too happy in Homebase either".
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    Thanks to everyone for responding. The photos of the factory just before demolition are quite sad, probably because I remember it when it was in it's heyday and thriving. Thanks also Evil Sid for the photos of personnel etc. I'm afraid I don't recognize anyone in them. I think they may have been taken before my time there. I do remember Charlie Harris. He had a permanent smile and you're right about the cigars, although I had forgotten that until I read your posting. I heard a long time ago that Greenings were taken over by Johnson & Firth Brown (who have also long since ceased trading), but I don't know if this was true or not. When I worked there the main competition was from Lockers (known as APW). I have tried Googling Lockers and they appear to be still trading, although this isn't clear. My family connection goes back quite a long way with Greenings. My grandfather worked at Greening Wire and my mother worked in the A&B weaving dept just before and after the war. I left in 1972, and I am now retired, but my interest was re-kindled when I had a look at the area on Google Maps. I am a Warrington lad through and through, but Nottingham has been my home now for 41 years. Once again, many thanks for your responses.
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    I used to work at Greenings from 1960 to 1972, mostly in the offices. I've been out of touch for 40 years, and I don't really know what exactly happened to Greenings. I assume they went bust one way or the other, but for some reason there appears to be very little information online. I used to know Frank Fearnley, Joe Bramhall, Dave Griffiths, Neil Thomas, Ted Pester, Norman Borst, to name just a few. I also remember some of the bosses, eg John Ivill, John Davey and so on. I've lived in Nottingham for the past 40 odd years and very little information percolates over here from Warrington. I'd love to hear if anyone was around at Greenings at the same time, and what exactly happened eventually to the company.