I was contacted by Doug Valerani through My Brighton and Hove because of my previous articles about CVA. Doug was a CVA apprentice in the early 1950’s, who moved to Australia many years ago. He wanted to know if I had a photo of all the apprentices from the early 1950’s.
What…….! A guy from the other side of the world, I’ve never met, asking me about a photo that’s nearly 60 years old, are you serious? Of course I have the photo, the power of the internet!
It’s amazing to consider that there are 71 apprentices in the photo, all fully indentured! Probably there are now not 71 in the whole of Brighton and Hove. Doug has helped out by providing 27 of the names, not bad after 55 years, well done to Doug over there on the other side of the world! Probably a few names will be recognised, and hopefully some more added.
CVA was such a big company, so important to the town at that time, providing employment to so many!