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A Coventry Engineer who retired four years ago because of ill-health
A Coventry Engineer who retired four years ago because of ill-health, is now using his former skills in a totally different field. Mr. Ken Gutteridge has gone from lathes to chandeliers and is currently equipping Walton Hall Hotel, Wellesbourne, with 14 of them, including the three biggest he has ever made. He started as an apprentice at the Alfred Herbert Machine tool company in Foleshill Road, Coventry, and at the time of his retirement in 1969 was production engineering manager at Massey Ferguson. He moved to Hastings with his wife Joyce, and youngest son Ronald, to run a hotel. Although it was a success, Mr. Gutteridge could not settle down. "I am a professional engineer and catering is not my line of business, " he said. So he went into partnership with another man in the chandelier business. The partner has since retired and Mr. Gutteridge is now sole owner of GB Crystals. It is a family concern with his wife doing the accounting, and another son Paul and his wife Beverley also working with him. Both Mr. Gutteridge and his wife have long connections with Coventry. Their other four children live here and Mrs. Gutteridge's great uncle, Alderman W. H. Grant, was a former Mayor.
31st May 1973