The way we were – 30 years ago


UK: A photo from 30 years ago this month brings back memories of what many might consider a golden age of UK air conditioning.

Some well known faces and long lost names in this photo of a Myson distributors’ meeting from April 1986. Myson, then a leading UK air conditioning manufacturer, would later acquire Qualitair.

Our thanks to former BRD owner Richard Manning (2nd from left at the back) for supplying us with this photo. Richard, with his brother Nigel, now owner of Heronhill, would later sell BRD to HRP. Mike Creamer (3rd from left, 2nd row, standing), for many years now the owner of Business Edge, was also then at BRD.

Also in the picture is John Roe (left hand end, 2nd row, standing), then a director of WF Refrigeration (an air conditioning distributor and not to be confused with the now defunct refrigeration contractor WR Refrigeration). WF would soon be sold to Dean & Wood and John would move on to form 3D air conditioning as a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries distributor. In 2005, 3D was acquired by HRP, the circle being completed this year when HRP was acquired by Dean & Wood’s owner Beijer Ref.

There are many other faces in the picture that we can’t put names to, or the companies they worked for. Many will remember Derek Davidson (at the back, 2nd from right) and who can forget Mandy Webb (front and centre), but how many faces can you put names to (please use the comment box below)?


The former BRD premises


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4 Responses to “The way we were – 30 years ago”
  1. Tim Mitchell says:

    I see Welsh funnyman and impressionist Rob Brydon has snuk in there, 2nd row, standing, 2nd from right.

  2. Neil Everitt says:

    Well spotted, Tim.
    Seriously, though, the gentleman you mention is one of those whose name we can’t remember. A colleague of John Roe’s at WF, we think.

  3. Colin Goode says:

    Hi All.

    Dave Chapman first on left seated front row. I knew Dave from our apprentice days at Frigidaire & also when he was at BRD. I also worked with Nigel Manning at Weathermker Equipment before he joined his brother at BRD. Spent many a night out on the beer with Nigel & Richard – few stories to go with them as well.

  4. John Roe says:

    This looks like an exotic venue – possibly the Post House at Crick, just off the M1..
    Photo: Back Row: Bill ~Carver (with specs), Richard Manning (BRD), Paddy Rooney (MD of Myson Copperad), Alan Burton (Instant Cooling), ???, Derek Davidson, Bill ?? in for right hand corner
    2nd row: Me, possibly Alan Gorton, Mike Creamer, ??? Maurice Shepherd (Instant Cooling), ??, ?? Alan Davis, Mike Skegg (WF) Colin Favell (Mr F of WF Refrigeration),
    Front: Dave Chapman (BRD) Eric Jones (Myson Copperad), Mandy Webb (Myson), Raj Chabra (Myson), Bob Scott (WF).
    I remember this photo was taken at the moment Maurice Shepherd slipped a lump of ice down the back of Mandy’s dress – hence the alarmed facial expression.
    Happy Days (mostly) Best wishes to everyone, John Roe

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