Daily News workmates reunited
THE chatter was deafening as 75 past and present Daily News employees returned to the Rose City to catch up with former workmates.
They reminisced about historical gems but Saturday's highlight was when they snaked their way through the new APN Print site at the ‘old' woollen mills at Kenilworth Street and the newly refurbished Daily News digs at Albion Street before sharing a glass of bubbly at the Print Room, a former work station now part of Bryson's Place.
Former manager of Commercial Print (which morphed into APN Print) Rex Baguley's eyes boggled at the company's newest addition, a monstrous printing press shipped from Germany with a $2 million price tag.
“I started work in 1939 and I can't believe how much the technology has changed,” Mr Baguley said.
APN Print Australia Warwick manager Allan Ruhle said the company had spent about $100 million on seven sites, with Warwick receiving a portion to ensure the longevity of the company in the Southern Downs.
“Previously there was talk of moving it all to Toowoomba. They won't be doing that now,” Mr Ruhle said.
Reunion organiser Lyn Irwin-Kelly said former employees came from as far as Melbourne and Sydney to catch up on the Rose City gossip.
“People were gobsmacked by the (APN) new site's capabilities,” she said.
“We finished off with a tour of Pringle Cottage's Print Museum yesterday and the guys still knew how to use the hand-held print machines.”
The reunion took months of planning and countless phone calls by organisers Judi Haidley, Sandy Klaus and Lyn Irwin-Kelly.