Sunday, 28 February 2010

Say Good-Bye to Matchbox Toy Factory - Lesney's

The historic Matchbox factory - Lesney Industries Ltd - is going to be completely demolished this week.

I know 2 separate residents here in Leabank Square who used to work there - and a whole lot more in the wider Wick. If you want to say your goodbyes to this iconic building - a few of us will be taking a few flasks of tea to the towpath opposite - tomorrow at 3pm.

Even if you never worked there - you would almost definitely have pushed around a Matchbox car as a girl or boy. If you still have one or two - why not bring it along to show the rest of us.

The Matchbox name started in 1953 as a brand name of this British toy company - Lesney Products (named after its co-founders Leslie and Rodney Smith), which had been founded in 1947 as an industrial die casting company.

I know we are all going to welcome our new neighbours who will occupy the new creative/residential development - but it is still a sad time for some of us.

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Eileen said...

Sóna thanks for organising this get-together. It was great to see Betty, she hardly ever gets out.
End of an era mate. Ever so sad to see the old ship go down. Do you think that geezer will really give us the sign?

Bill Suggs said...

Sad days indeed Eileen. Sóna did you ask the forman if we could have the last letters yet? Good to have a keepsake.

Lesney Toys said...

Oh my God, the historical building is demolished. I think it's better to utilize that building become Lesney Museum or Die-cast museum. It's a big info for lesney toys fans. I have a blog about lesney, i will post this info on there. Thanks for informing us.

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