Little has changed in The Engineers’ Arms pub since 1966 when it was Libby Hall’s local. The pub was immediately opposite the entrance to Garrett’s engineering works, Leiston’s biggest employer at the time, where many of its clientele would have worked.
These photographs show us a slice of life just before the economy of Suffolk and of the country as a whole was about to change. 1966 was a seminal year for the town. Two miles up the road Sizewell A nuclear power station began generating electricity and was set to become Leiston’s biggest employer taking over from Garrett’s which closed in 1980 echoing the closure of many similar factories across the UK. In spite of this looking at the photographs today one notices more similarities than differences. Photoeast would like to get in touch with anyone who was in Libby’s original photographs or anyone who remembers drinking in the Engineer in the 1960s.
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