Swinney Brothers closed 31 years ago (1866-1985), and along with many others in the area, I worked there.
From 1963 to around 1970 I was an apprentice with the firm, then a fitter/turner.
On odd occasions I bump into ex-employees, but it is solely by chance. If anyone would like to join an informal reunion, call it a get together, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m sure locals will recall Schat Davits towering over the site, fumes from the cast iron foundry, and in 1972, the fire which engulfed the workshops.
There is a lot of history associated with this firm and I have a few photos. I’m sure others have too. Get in touch.