Workers teatime

By Jean Halladey

I remember Nellie Blore who lived at Souldern Street Watford. She worked in the Ovaltine factory. She did not marry until her late sixties and I think her husband Charlie Parsons also worked there.

When my children were small they used to visit the couple and were always given Ovaltine for elevenses and a bedtime drink if they stayed there.

My uncle Archie O’dell and his wife Kath worked there but I think she had to leave when they married as I think that was the rule in those days.

In a strange twist Novartis became the employer for the workers in Ovaltine and in 2000 my daughter was diagnosed with bowel cancer. A new drug made by Novatis was on the market but at £60,000 a year we were not sure she could have it. She was allowed it and it saved her life. 

This page was added on 21/06/2013.

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