Metal Box played big part in the city’s economy

The Metal Box cricket team from the 1960s which own the the Lord Mayor's Knockout Trophy
The Metal Box cricket team from the 1960s which own the the Lord Mayor's Knockout Trophy
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This is the Metal Box factory cricket team which won the Interfirms’ Trophy and semi-final of the lord mayor’s tournament in the 1960s.

It comes from Tony Jennings, who worked for the firm at Burrfields Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, for 21 years.

Metal Box was one of the largest employers in the city and Tony recalls the firm bought the factory in 1952 and started producing polythene film and laminations for products such as Walls/Danish bacon.

Tony, of Hazel Grove, Locks Heath, adds: ‘In the 1950s 200 people worked there and it grew to 3,000 with the building of a plastic bottle factory.

‘This was the subject of a devastating fire, but was back in production within months.

‘At its peak the factory was the largest user of power in Portsmouth after the Dockyard.’

He said production went on for 168 hours a week ‘but even so the factory represented less than one per cent of the company’s turnover’.