Former staff of Sigro and Silet, German Automotive factories set up in Lisnennan in the 1980s are holding a Reunion in The Station House Hotel this Saturday night, May 14th with the meal set for 8pm.
They are calling on people that worked in either factory between 1981 and 2006 to come along and meet up with old friends they haven’t seen in years.
The event is being organised by Paul McGovern, Liam Cannon and John “Trampas” Doherty.
Paul explained: “When you’re out and about you might bump into someone from your time in the factory and start talking about old times and the people and asking about what some people are doing with themselves now, where they are working, how many kids they have etc. etc. and it’s always good to catch up.
“I met Liam one day around 18 months ago in the Shopping Centre and we mooted the idea of trying to get everyone together, but we never followed through.
“So I met him back in January – in the Shopping Centre again and I said “you know what, I’m going to get the ball rolling”, so I went home and set up a Facebook page and started texting people.
“We have over 40 confirmed as coming so far and we hope we could get as many as 60 or 70 people on the night.
“Most of them have moved on to pastures new but there are still around a dozen of the old guard still working there. It’ll be great to see everyone and catch up. It’s not easy trying to contact everyone but we hope the word has got out to most former staff. But if anyone knows someone that worked there between 1981 and 2006, please share this with them.”
The Sigro factory became part of the Kirchoff Automotive group in the 1990’s while the Silet factory closed down in the early 2000’s.
In the late 1990’s the group started offering voluntary redundancies after the factory went on “short-time” (a 3-day week). Along with this, some staff simply moved on to new jobs and new challenges so Saturday night will give them a chance to meet up once again.
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The lads aren’t planning any entertainment on the night as they reckon once Trampas starts telling jokes and singing a few songs there will be no need for any more entertainment!
If you are interested in attending you can contact any of the lads on the following numbers: Paul McGovern 086-811 4151; Liam Cannon on 085-123 7747 or John Doherty on 086-1088 520. They’d love to hear from you.