By Steve Fussell
It feels like such a long time ago that I started working at Lebus, aged 15 in 1965. It was my very first job since leaving school and a great place to start my working life, my fellow colleagues were an amazing bunch although some of the tricks played on us were cruel. I guess that was just part of our initiation, all good natured though – just!
I have fond memories of the Pando club however I was too young to participate in their activities. I do recall the Kray twins using the Lebus boxing facilities. The factory itself was very up to date with an amazing conveyor belt under Ferry Lane linking the old and new depots, in fact there were conveyor belts down many walkways.
Apart from day realease at Tottenham Technical College I had many different tasks whilst working for Lebus, including working in the saw sharpening workshop and cleaning the snow grinder at the back with a big magnet. I left in 1970 when Finsbury Works closed down and eventually ended up being a kitchen fitter, but it was at Lebus that I learnt my trade in the furniture game.