It’s been very quiet round here this week and I was wondering what was up with the trade, and then it dawned on me that it’s the old Vickers fortnight.
Despite many changes of name and ownership over the year’s local folk still persist in calling the shipyard, Vickers. Many years ago during the annual fortnight’s holiday the place used to shut down, and so did all the other local businesses, leaving the town virtually a ghost town. Even though this is a relic of the past and they no longer shut up shop folk seem to stick with the original Vickers fortnight to take holidays. Younger people wouldn’t know what you were talking about if you said Vickers fortnight to them but because their parents used to holiday at this time they seem to follow in the tradition.