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TV producers want to trace apprentices

Mary Bromley, Mary Malloy, Susan Wright, Vivien Hurage and Barbara Arnold pictured in 1969 among their 159 male counterparts. They were the first girls to start a dockyard apprenticeship.

Mary Bromley, Mary Malloy, Susan Wright, Vivien Hurage and Barbara Arnold pictured in 1969 among their 159 male counterparts. They were the first girls to start a dockyard apprenticeship.

TELEVISION producers are trying to track down the five women in this 45-year-old picture from The News.

The women – Mary Bromley, Mary Malloy, Susan Wright, Vivien Hurage, and Barbara Arnold – were the first girls to be made apprentices in Portsmouth Dockyard.

Producers would like to speak to the women for a piece about single photographs that tell a story. It is believed the photograph is the only one showing this moment.

Producer Steve McDonnell said: ‘Women’s lib was at its height in the late 60s, and even if they didn’t realise it, this was another breakthrough. All we know about them is what we have read in The News.

‘They reported for work with 159 lads at the Apprentice Training Centre in Flathouse Quay in September 1969.

‘The reporter rather sniffily said they were all wearing jeans.

‘We’d love to know what has happened to them. Are they still in Portsmouth? It would be great to hear from them or anyone who knows about them.’

n Contact The News’ defence correspondent Sam Bannister if you can help. Call (023) 9262 2137 or e-mail sam.bannister@thenews.co.uk.

 

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