Reunion for workers of former Helston company Wincanton Garages

Falmouth Packet: Our picture shows staff at Wincanton Garages during the 1970s. Our picture shows staff at Wincanton Garages during the 1970s.

A reunion is taking place for employees of the former Helston company Wincanton Garages.

Staff from the well-known business that operated from Penzance Road – now the site of a Lidl supermarket – and ran other business units on the opposite side of the road will be meeting on Saturday, July 26, from 7pm, at the May Tree.

Among those hoping to attend are Roy Christophers, the son of company founder Leonard Christophers, who took over its running before retiring on December 31, 1990.

All previous staff and partners are invited, with all enquiries being directed to former foreman David Gray and his wife Jean on 01326 340795 / 07771 898487. Reunion organisers have emphasised that booking is essential and must be made by Friday, July 18.

The company was set up in 1920 by Leonard Christophers and his wife, Millicent, as a haulage business.

This was sold to Cow & Gate in June 1940 and renamed Wincanton Garages. Unigate was formed when Cow & Gate and United Dairies amalgamated.

Roy Christophers rejoined the company in May 1947, starting as a fitter, and then moved to St Johns as commercial foreman of workshops and outside repairs.

He was made manager and then director of Wincanton Garages Ltd on October 23, 1969.

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12:00pm Thu 10 Jul 14

rickhebden says...

I bought my first new car from them in 1965..
I bought my first new car from them in 1965.. rickhebden
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