British Titan Products Tioxide, Long Service Awards, 1966 and 1976

On Roger Lee Hymer’s discharge from The Green Howards on the 17th March 1946, he entered employment with British Titan Products Tioxide. Manual duties were conducted with working in the plant on Haverton Hill Road for the majority of his time, until the latter years at central laboratories on Portrack Lane, as retirement approached. The majority of his life he cycled to work every day from Thornaby to Haverton Hill.

Images and details courtesy of Michael Hymer.

7 thoughts on “British Titan Products Tioxide, Long Service Awards, 1966 and 1976

  1. Hi Bennie,
    I worked at the Titan in the 50’s and 60’s as a chemical plumber in the workshop next to your dad’s joiners shop. I knew him well. He worked with Joe Overton, Ken Griggs, Bill Peters and Bill Billsbrough and the lads. Tommy Hooker was a great local footballer who was a fitter on West Site.
    For Anon, Jack Smith’s son Roy Smith was lead guitarist with local rock group, The Denvers.
    Another great footballer who worked at the Titan, was Les Dixon who played with Barry Geldart for Crook Town against Bishop Auckland, in the FA Amateur Cup Final at Wembley.

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  2. Another Long time employee in their Accounts Office was Barry Geldart an other local footballer who spent nearly all his working life in their employ, Barry died recently aged I think 87 years after contacting Covid 19 in he Hospital in which he was having treatment for a replacement hip problem.. Another well known local footballer also worked at the British Titan was Tommy Hooper..

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  3. A past neighbour Jack Smith worked for British Titan, in the sixties he went to Sierra Leone with his wife on a two year contract for them.

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  4. My father Benny Brown Senior worked for the British Titan for many years. He was a maintenance Joiner which entailed working in some very hazardous environments with the chemicals used in the process. I can remember as child Dad coming home and taking his shirt off and mother putting it straight into the bin as it was full of holes caused by the acid in the equipment Dad had been maintaining Dad was on the Works Council of which there is a photograph on the site some where British Titan were a very good company to work for, and looked after their worker’s better than most. Every Christmas time they gave a big Christmas Party for the workers children and I remember managing to get a few quid from winning the foot races they organized. I remember Mr Dixon and Mr Worrall as two of Dads Mangers at the time. On arriving in Australia to work for Rio Tinto I found myself working with Mr Worrall’s son Alex an Engineer, a boy from Billingham. Small World..

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  5. I worked at British Titan Billingham as a Designer Draughtsman for about nine months. I did some very good engineering calculations for a large tipping leadlined ladle. I calculated the gearbox and motor requirements.

    The clever bit was, the moments and the centre of gravity changed as the contents were emptied.

    I recall a very happy time with my fellow Draughtsmen. I quit because I didn’t get a Christmas pay rise! That was because the laughter was more obvious than my great work!

    Cheers, Dennis Robson

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