By Mary Park
My father, Len Courtney, joined Harris Lebus in the early thirties in the personnel Department under I think Mr Harris. He then went into the factory as a foreman and upwards to Production Manager, General Manager and Director. My mother was a nurse in the surgery under Dr O’Connor for a time. They met and married. He was with Lebus all through the war working on aircraft and also Fire Brigade and Home Guard at the factory. As children we sometimes went to the factory with him on Saturday mornings if he had to go in. Also, later we went to the HL Dinner Dances – 2/3 years running. We knew Anthony, L.S. and John Lebus quite well and sometimes went to tea with Anthony, Bunty and her children. We also used to meet them in Frinton where they stayed at the Grand Hotel for holidays. As a family we were quite close to the Stratton family.
Len showing Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh around the machine shop, 10th November, 1955.