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This ebook explores the life and times of Vivian Hughes (1939-2014) who grew up at the Quarry Hospital in Llanberis, North Wales.
His father, Griffith Samuel Hughes, worked as a medical officer from 1909-1962, looking after the health of some 3,000 quarrymen.
The Dinorwic quarry was closed in 1969 and – thanks to funding from the National Lottery – the site subsequently became the National Slate Museum.
In this PDF book, Vivian Hughes describes his early life at the hospital, his experience of national service and his time working for tailors Chester Barrie.
A year later was lucky enough to go away to a Roman Catholic Boarding School, now able to speak Welsh, English and French was well on the way to a good education. As Vivian’s Mother was Belgium, on leaving school Vivian went into his Uncle’s Export/Import business in Belgium at the age 18. After a full year, his Uncle advised Vivian go back to England and do his duty as a national serviceman, still compulsory in 1957.
On joining the Military Police as an officer, after training was posted the Malaysia. There he had many adventures, after celebrating his 21 birthday one of his friends starting calling puss, puss down a storm-drain, only to get a hissing back from a King Cobra Snake. Back In Dinorwic getting measured for a civilian suit, paid for by the Army. The tailor asked what kind of work was Vivian looking for, no idea was the reply. Then the tailor said the cloth and suit material supplier “Chester Barry” were looking for staff. After 2 weeks Vivian found he was on the train to Crewe with a successful interview now under his belt, he soon settled down to learn his second chance to earn a living. Only one year passed by a European Representative’s job was going, luckily French speaking got Vivian his first big break.
Read the full story in our PDF eBook easy to Download, DVD versions by snail-post-free: Vivian Hughes Autobiography: From Quarry Hospital to International Salesman: fully illustrated 1-4 Parts.