An induction course
At the beginning of my ill fated job as a junior clerk at the Town Hall, I was sent on an induction course to give me an introduction to Local Government activity in the town. We visited a wide range of places, from homes for elderly people, to a unit for disturbed children and to the crematorium. It was, I think, the visits to the first two of these, that contributed to my later training as a psychiatric and general nurse.
Most memorable visits
Two of my most memorable visits were to the town abattoir and to the sewers. The former was to one side of a narrow and twisting road, near the Dust Destructor and nearly opposite the Down’s School, at which I had been a pupil. I won’t go into the details of this visit but I found them fascinating. Some said that they would become vegetarians. It seemed like a reasonable option.
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My favourite part
The visit to the sewers was my favourite part of the induction course. A hatch in the pavement was opened, near where the buses stopped at the Old Steine. We went down a fairly long and straight ladder, into the heart of the sewers. My first reaction was how clean the whole structure seemed to be. We walked alongside the Intercepting Sewer, that ran underneath of the seafront and to which all other sewers emptied. As is often the case with these things, the Victorian built structures were hugely impressive. It was odd to come out into the daylight and find yourself so near to where the 26 bus stopped and to know that there were all these caverns deep beneath your feet.