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Memories of 100 years of Standfast & Barracks

Standfast & Barracks need your memories and memorabilia to celebrate 100 years and help tell their hidden story.

Since 1924 the company has operated from their site on Caton Road and in those 100 years thousands of people have worked there. Lancaster Civic Vision (LCV) is working with Standfast & Barracks to try to bring to life again these employees’ memories.

Over those 100 years, Standfast & Barracks has evolved and grown to become one of Lancashire’s success stories – it is now a multi-million-pound business printing over one million metres per year of exquisite fabric a year and counts many of the world’s leading designers, including brands such as Sanderson, Zoffany and Morris and Co amongst its clients.

Indeed, as recently as 2020 they were the winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade.

In June LCV will be assisting Standfast & Barracks to unveil a Heritage Plaque on the iconic clock tower, Caton Road, and in readiness for the occasion, the clock and four clock faces will be refurbished, fully working again, and lit at night.

That a company can be successful – and stay so successful for 100 years – must depend largely on the people who work there, those people whose daily lives are totally entwined with that of the company, in many cases working for no other employer.

It is these memories that we would like to tap into and explore so can you help?

· Were you or any of your relatives employed by Standfast & Barracks?

· Do you have memories or interesting stories of your or their time there?

· Do you have any photographs or memorabilia that you can share?

· Would you be prepared to attend an event this year to have these memories recorded?

If you can help us in our quest we would love to hear from you. Contact us by email at admin@lancastervision.com or fill in our ‘Contact & Join Us’ form at the bottom of our web page www.lancastercivicsociety.uk.

Simon Palmer, Operations Manager at Standfast and Barracks said “We are delighted to be celebrating our Centenary in 2024.” “To mark the occasion, we have a number of events planned, including a design competition for local schools, an exhibition in Lancaster Museum, restoration of our iconic clock tower back to working order, a display at Light Up Lancaster, and a staff celebration at Lancaster Brewery. We will also be supporting 12 local charities and youth sports teams over the next 12 months.”

“In addition, we have planned a ‘Celebration Day’ in June, where invited guests, dignitaries, and the media will be given a chance to see ‘behind the wall’ with a tour of the site which will include, in collaboration with Lancaster Civic Vision, the unveiling of a green plaque to commemorate 100 years of textile production on this site.”

“We’re looking forward to a very busy and exciting year.”