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A collection of interviews and photographs recorded by Women's Archive of Wales in 2013-14

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VN051 Pat R.D., De Haviland Aircraft Co, Broughton

Pat began in De Havilands straight from school, in 1966, in the mail room, where she delivered post: “We had to go walking all round the factory with mail bags on us, and it was quite a nice little job. We knew every department in the factory.” Later she moved onto general office duties: “I went on to the Gestetner machines and I learnt a lot about printing. It was a job. To be honest, I didn’t know what I wanted. As I didn’t have any qualifications for anything.” She ended up in the Repair and Overhaul section: “That was great because all the planes came in to be serviced. The RAF was still there but quite a few came in from Switzerland, to be serviced.” She was often called upon to do other things, such as make up the weight they needed to during an aircraft flight, when she'd take her office work with her. She was there for ten years and then left to have her first child in 1976: “It wasn't like today, you couldn’t carry on after you had them, you had to leave; six months and you had to go.”