Hi, just found this page and decided to add a bit.
I started working for the St. Albans Rubber Company in 1977 and was asked to relocate to the North East in 1989, which I did. Stayed there through various changes of managements and owners until it went in to receivership in May 2007, when everyone received their redundancy.
I Stayed in the North East, having discovered what a great place it is to live! I still visit St.Albans regularly as I have close family and friends there.