I really like this retirement photo from Gil Percy’s collection, everyone smiling and so happy. I imagine the date is around the late 1950s although I am not exactly sure. The occasion is at one of the CVA factories, and the senior manager, wishing the gentleman a happy retirement, is Percy Steer. Behind Mr Steer is the Proof Printing Press, manufactured in Brighton by CVA under licence to American company Vandercook & Sons during the 1950s.
At which of the CVA factories the retirement photo was taken is a mystery to me, I don’t recognise it. Eaton Road is the most likely, as it was mainly used for assembly work. Personally I want it to be the factory in Upper St. James’s Street, as I am not aware of the existence of any photos of that factory. However unless the photo is older than my estimation it seems unlikely, as it closed in 1952. I know there are a number of ex CVA mybrightonandhove surfers around the world, who may know the answer?