Trainees at the Government Training Centre

Government Training Centre 1931

This photo shows trainees, probably gas and water fitters, at the Government Training Centre in Pixmore Avenue, taken about 1931. My father is in the picture, third from the left, but I have no idea who any of the other young men are. Many of them probably also remained in Letchworth, as there were a number of job opportunities in the growing town. Perhaps somebody recognises a family member?
The building was opened in 1911 as the Phoenix Motor Company, which closed down in 1928. From 1928 to 1930 it was home to the Ascot Manufacturing Company, also producing motor cars and motorcycles. The company name Ascot was still visible in the sixties and we locals always referred to it as “the Ascot”. I believe it has remained a Government Training Center to this day.

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