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Mate, Derek (9 of 9) National Life Story Collection: Lives in Steel

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  • Recording date

    1991-11-1; 1991-11-11

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    Interviewee's home, Cleveland

  • Interviewees

    Mate, Derek, 1926- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Dein, Alan (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 9: Received OBE, after retiring in April 1985. Birthday honours in June 1985. Decided a few years earlier about retirement. Provided enough. Thoroughly enjoyed Summer. "Always able to occupy myself", problem getting through the Winters. Management Consultant, Chairman of Darlington Simpson Mills and Board of Appleby Slag Reduction. Hip replacement. Bob Scholey, a good friend. Was works manager, very pleased for him, done wonders for steel industry. Future of industry depends on management. Needs high investment, without big apparent return immediately. Most proud of making Teesside the BSC 'banker plant'. Making sections out of concast slabs - asked Japanese advice - they said it was impossible - didn't agree - went ahead and proved them wrong. (Lackenby Beam Mill) Paid poorly, worked for peanuts relative to size of job - only regret "Worked hard enough to be a millionaire and I'm not one". Hard man, but haven't made a lot of enemies. Honest with workforce - paid off. End of interview

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