Kloof author pens memoir

2016-11-22 06:00
Tim Taylor with his book ‘A Far Cry From Bacup’, which is now available. Photo: supplied

Tim Taylor with his book ‘A Far Cry From Bacup’, which is now available. Photo: supplied

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KLOOF author Tim Taylor, who emigrated to South Africa in 1975, has written a book about his life back home.

The book, A Far Cry From Bacup, is a reflection on his life and offers insight to men who are struggling with the “ups and downs” of relationships, jobs and opportunities that may have passed them by.

Taylor was born in London, during World War II. He was brought up in Bacup, Lancashire, where he attended St Saviour’s Primary School, before receiving a Quaker education at Bootham School, York.

He was involved with the footwear industry in the United Kingdom and South Africa for over 40 years. He did his training at C & J Clark Ltd, in Street, Somerset, where he attained both graduate and associate membership of the British Boot and Shoe Institute, before running footwear and footwear components factories in the north of England.

In South Africa in 1975 he joined Shoe Corporation of Africa Ltd as production engineer at its Arcadia factory in Durban.

After serving as group training manager and MD of its Hush Puppy plant, in Cape Town, he moved to the National Productivity Institute in Pretoria, where he was involved in training and the running of the Natal regional office for 14 years.

Taylor was recruited by the Department of Trade and Industry in 1996 and was responsible for improving the competitiveness of the footwear and leather industries in South Africa.

He completed his spell of public service as area manager of the Pietermaritzburg-Msunduzi Spatial Development Initiative, a programme aimed at starting economic growth and job creation in South Africa.

Taylor is an honorary life member of the Footwear Institute of South Africa.

“Writing about one’s life puts many things into perspective. Was I right in leaving England? Did my family benefit from this decision? Did I make a contribution to my adopted country?

“After writing 35 000 words, the answer is a decisive yes.”

Taylor dedicated the book to his wife Vanessa, who taught him the meaning of the word “love” and to his three children, Zoe, Matthew and Claire, who have given him much pride, heartache and joy.

“I would also like to acknowledge the input of Dr Alicia Porter, at whose suggestion I undertook this project, as well as my late mother Joan, who provided much of the source material through the many letters she wrote to me over a 50-year period.

“I should also like to acknowledge the input of my son Matthew and daughter Zoe, whose letters I have used, as well as the help in editing the manuscript, from Ginny Porter and my daughter Claire, for her input.

“Finally, I would like to thank Roger Miall and Simon Hetherton for spotting errors in the naming of pupils and staff in an earlier edition.”

To buy a copy of the book, email him at timtaylor753@gmail.com


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