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When: 09 June 1962

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Grand Parade passing along Scotswood Road, celebrating the Centenary of the Blaydon Races, 9 June 1962 (TWAM ref. DS.VA/9/PH/3/8). Vickers Armstrongs were involved in the Parade.

‘Workshop of the World’ is a phrase often used to describe Britain’s manufacturing dominance during the Nineteenth Century. It’s also a very apt description for the Elswick Works and Scotswood Works of Vickers Armstrong and its predecessor companies. These great factories, situated in Newcastle along the banks of the River Tyne, employed hundreds of thousands of men and women and built a huge variety of products for customers around the globe.

The Elswick Works was established by William George Armstrong (later Lord Armstrong) in 1847 to manufacture hydraulic cranes. From these relatively humble beginnings the company diversified into many fields including shipbuilding, armaments and locomotives. By 1953 the Elswick Works covered 70 acres and extended over a mile along the River Tyne. This set of images, mostly taken from our Vickers Armstrong collection, includes fascinating views of the factories at Elswick and Scotswood, the products they produced and the people that worked there. By preserving these archives we can ensure that their legacy lives on.

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    Land Rover 61

    • 10/Jun/2016 10:08:23

    Fabulous coachwork, I wonder who the builder was and what make of wagon chassis was used?

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    Steve Ellwood, Whitley Bay, North East England

    • 10/Jun/2016 12:51:32

    The Burton Mail ran a piece recently when they were trying to trace these advertising vehicles including TOM 888 - check out

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    optimal chicken

    • 10/Jun/2016 13:14:36

    A right old mix that thing! I've always wondered what came of vehicles like these too.

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    • 10/Jun/2016 15:53:21

    Well the front wings look like Land Rover but the rest. .. Wonder if you got more than 3d for returning the bottle!

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    • 11/Jun/2016 19:16:49

    Seeing life through the bottom of a bottle

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    • 11/Jun/2016 20:02:08