Christmas at Dowty

Christmas time at Dowty sites and offices would be celebrated in so many ways, employees would decorate their work areas, mince pies would be brought into work and shared with colleagues, the canteen would arrange a christmas dinner menu and some workers would even manage to have a glass of sherry or something stronger!

Christmas as we all know, was mainly for the children though, it was a magical time of the year and the Dowty workers organise parties and visits to pantomines to help them to enjoy the festive period to the full – this was particularly so after the years of austerity during and just after the war!

Here you can see photographs about how Christmas was celebrated at the Dowty sites.

 

Arle Court Staff Xmas Party c.1950
Penny Taylor
Xmas Dinner
Jane Martin
Children's Xmas Party - 22 Dec 1989
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Children's Xmas Party - 22 Dec 1989
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Children's Xmas Party - 22 Dec 1989
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Staff in ELS - South Works Xmas 1974
Children's Xmas Party late 1950's
Dowty children's xmas party late 50s
Dowty children's xmas party late 50s
Dowty children's xmas party late 50s
Dowty children's xmas party late 50s
Arle Court House - Christmas Sledge
Christmas 1960
Christmas Party & Carol Concert 1960
Christmas 1960
Christmas 1960
Christmas
Dowty Christmas event between 1955 and 1960. Les Walton, back right, worked in the wages department at Arle Court and the Time/Wages office at Rotol.
Dowty's childrens' Christmas party at Dowty Rotol in Jan 1955

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