DALTON bra and girdle specialists James Simpson Blair was founded in 1880.

The parent company in Manchester closed in 1968 with production moving to a new 21,000sq ft extension at Dalton.

It had the capacity for up to 2,500 garments a week — including lingerie, hostess coats and beach coats.

Back in 1968 you could start work, aged 15, on £5.50 per week as a trainee sewing machinist.

In 1969 you could earn up to 25p per hour as a die cutter working for what was called Blair Foundations, at Hollygate Road, Dalton.

In 1983 Blair’s stock and equipment was sold at auction.