Van Boy at Kinghams Circa 1960
My first job after leaving Leggetts Way School was as a ‘Van Boy’ for Kinghams at their depot in Watford, on the estate behind the ‘Sun Printers’ Hollywell Industrial estate, I think it was.
It was a very happy, carefree time for me, although I did work hard. I got to travel…. my greatest wish. To me at the time a delivery to Thrapston in Northampton was like a trip across the globe. I can remember a few names: Fred Jardine, Fred Smith, Pete Smith (Smiffy). Most of the ‘old hands’ had worked all through the war and through rationing. Nothing was ever said but quite a few of them owned their own homes (very unusual for the time). I was impressed. I gained strength and local knowledge and ‘learnt the ropes’, a lesson in life and I have fond memories of ‘Kinghams’.
I used to help polish up the chosen lorries that entered the procession before the Watford Carnival in Cassiobury park.