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Somans: Nosher Leaves Soman-Wherry Press, Norwich - 3rd August 1988

Nosher finishes up the placement year at Soman-Wherry Press on Heigham Street in Norwich with a wander around the factory, followed by a few beers down at the Dolphin Pub just up the road. There's also a retirement do, where Soman's long-serving typesetter Leslie is presented with a TV and a couple of table lamps by company MD William "Bill" Butler, after a staggering 50 years' service. Finally, as it seems an appropriate place to put it, there's a photo sent in by Mel Waller - a Soman-Wherry employee during the time of Nosher's placement - who had spotted the original versions of these photos and as a result arranged a reunion of old staff on the last day of May in 2009. Meanwhile, the factory site has long since gone: Soman-Wherry Press - a company formed in 1931 from the merger of A. E. Soman and The Wherry Press - was closed when production moved to BPCC Business Magazines in Colchester around 1992. The buildings were then used by Aspen Windows for a while before being demolished to make way for parking space for a car showroom.

next album: Mother and Mike's Wedding Reception, Bransgore, Dorset - 20th August 1988
previous album: Somans: Farnborough, Soman-Wherry and a Drum Kit, Hampshire and Norfolk - 15th July 1988

A retirement do: Bill Butler is just behind the TV

The factory employees gather for a fitting send off

Bill Butler moves in to shake hands

Leslie the Linotype operator

'Check it out' Baz does a spot of estimating at his desk

One of the pre-press guys checks out some foils

More pre-press

The boys in the factory, at the end of an Albert A101 4-unit heatset mini-web press.

The guys on the end of a Roland Favorit sheet-fed press

More 8-page mini-web printing-press action. Legend had it that the Albert had a Citroen 2CV propshaft in it

Milling around by the printing press as printed 8-page sections stream off

The other press: a Harris M110

The dude on the end of a Muller-Martini stitching line

Down in the paper warehouse, a reel of 185gsm paper

Simon 'Burton' Berry, Mike Perkins and another sales dude in the Dolphin

Simon, Colin Tuthill and Don Dawson

Alan Smith, Simon Rigg, Nosher, Fishy Herring and Adrian Tallack

Glasses are raised on Nosher's last day

The Soman-Wherry Reunion, 31st May 2009 in Norwich

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A retirement do: Bill Butler is just behind the TV