Sidney Ball.

hot-metal-1930sPhoto: No, I’m not bloody Sid Ball, so piss orff.
Sid Ball and Roger Francis worked on the Hansard shift at The Old Guv. Albert Wellman was their clicker. The hours were from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Any overtime was done in the morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
For whatever reason it was decided that Albert Wellman would move to the Gazette Staff and that Max Gill would leave the Intertype Room and become Hansard Shift Clicker.
Upon hearing this news Sid stormed up to Bob Herriman and told him that as of next Monday he would be moving into the frame in front of Frank Lock and would be working for Frank on the Parliamentary Bills staff.
There was no discussion about it and all Bob said was, “OK, Sid.” On the Monday morning there was Grumpy Old Sid moving all his stuff , including his beloved picture of Winston Churchill into his new frame.
I was in the frame opposite. “Welcome,” I said. He turned and snarled, “Don’t think that I’m going to put up with any of your smartarse shit.”
A few days later, there was Sid all back to normal laughing and giggling at the Gazette Staff terrorising Don “Keyhole” Guscott yet again!

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