Useful work

PUBLISHED: 11:05 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 06 May 2010

SIR, — Can anybody tell me what s made or produced in St Albans today? I can recall three engineering works, three print works, three clothing manufacturers, three or four reputed builders and even two factories producing shoes. Many of these have now cea

SIR, - Can anybody tell me what's made or produced in St Albans today? I can recall three engineering works, three print works, three clothing manufacturers, three or four reputed builders and even two factories producing shoes. Many of these have now ceased to exist and, I imagine, apprenticeships in many trades besides.

I feel sorry for those youngsters of 16 or 17 leaving school and trying to find useful employment. I'm aware they will have had experience with computers, which I have not, but that still does not build or repair buildings or make clothing. Surely the large DIY stores and supermarkets do not gather them all up as shelve fillers, important as that job may be.

R. WARREN,

Tavistock Close, St Albans.

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