A FORMER steelworker is arranging a reunion 33 years after the closure of British Steel.
When the steel plant at Shotton was closed in 1980, thousands of workers, mostly men, lost their jobs.
Now Tony Jones from Garden City is arranging a get-together for some of his former colleagues.
The former locomotive worker, 82, said the idea was for a relaxing evening and a chance to reminisce.
He hopes to organise follow up events for the future.
So far 26 former workers were already lined up for the evening.
“I contacted some people – and they in turn have contacted others,” he explained.
Mr Jones will contact all 300 or so people who worked in the traffic department, including associated services staff such as fitters, electricians and permanent way staff.
Mr Jones, a father-of-four, with 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, came to Deeside from South Wales with his wife Dilys in 1954 and made Flintshire his home.
And he said he wanted to arrange the event because the job had been a huge part of his and others’ people’s lives.
“We regarded one another as family,” he said. “We worked together, we had social events together. It wasn’t just a job. It was a special.
“And it was a special workforce. We were in the cabin together and in the union together.
“You knew everybody’s name. It really was a nice place to work.”
The social evening will take place at Corus Sports and Social Club, the former British Steel Sports Club, on Rowley’s Drive, Shotton on October 26 from 7pm.
Anyone planning to attend can just turn up on the night or can contact Tony in advance on 01244 816403 or in writing at 70 Sealand Road, Garden City, CH5 2HN.