Workers’ playtime at old Portsmouth packaging factory

Beryl Purkis (as she was then) wiith her sailor fiance Bill Price towards the left. They were married three weeks later. ''In case you're wondering, yes, they are indoors ' even with those lighted spills. ''They were singing carols at the Kimbells function rooms, Southsea, at Drings's Christmas party in 1953.
Beryl Purkis (as she was then) wiith her sailor fiance Bill Price towards the left. They were married three weeks later. ''In case you're wondering, yes, they are indoors ' even with those lighted spills. ''They were singing carols at the Kimbells function rooms, Southsea, at Drings's Christmas party in 1953.

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We go back about 65 years today with pictures of workers at the old Drings box factory in Portsmouth.

They were sent to me by Beryl Price (née Purkis) who started work there as a 15-year-old school-leaver in 1950.

This photo was taken during a tea break at Drings in 1951. In the middle is Beryl Price's friend Peg Patterson, a friendship that has lasted to this day, 64 years.

This photo was taken during a tea break at Drings in 1951. In the middle is Beryl Price's friend Peg Patterson, a friendship that has lasted to this day, 64 years.

For those who might not remember it, the factory was opposite Portsmouth Airport.

In the picture above, Beryl is pictured with her husband-to-be Bill Price (he’s the one in the sailor’s uniform on the left). They were married three weeks after the photo was taken.

Beryl, of Pitreavie Road, Cosham, says: ‘He was in the navy and shortly after we married he went away to sea for two years. How times have changed.’

Please let me know if you can put names to any of the faces.

This photograph might be a little blurred, but it is the only one of the inside of the Drings's factory in Beryl's collection, taken at a Christmas party in 1952

This photograph might be a little blurred, but it is the only one of the inside of the Drings's factory in Beryl's collection, taken at a Christmas party in 1952