From the Tuesday Journal

Idle machines in the machine room of the Monarch Electric Factory at Blighs Lane after the plant closed down as the result of a dispute with a trade union'over the reinstatement of a number of dismissed workers
Idle machines in the machine room of the Monarch Electric Factory at Blighs Lane after the plant closed down as the result of a dispute with a trade union'over the reinstatement of a number of dismissed workers

Nostagia: 1962 revisited

Monarch Electric closes its doors ahead of schedule

The St Eugenes B team, beaten finalists in the McAlinden Juvenile Cup

The St Eugenes B team, beaten finalists in the McAlinden Juvenile Cup

Monarch Electric, the Derry subsidiary of Birmingham Sound Reproducers (BSR), on whose goods an embargo had been placed by the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union (ATGWU), has closed down 30 hours ahead of schedule.

The factory was to have ceased production at a stipulated time but the management issued a statement saying that, as certain essence supplies had become exhausted and the union’s embargo still remained in force, they had to close earlier than anticipated.

The news came as a bombshell to the 1,300 labour force who only heard of the premature closure 10 minutes before they were due to leave the Bligh’s Lane factory for lunch.

The management statement informed the workforce that the factory would not be re-opening in the afternoon.

The St Eugenes A team which won the Derry and District FAs McAlinden Juvenile Cup at Meenan Park in the Bogside

The St Eugenes A team which won the Derry and District FAs McAlinden Juvenile Cup at Meenan Park in the Bogside