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Footage shot by Associated Television for a news piece about the opening of the Horizon factory at the start of 1972.The opening shot shows the new factory in the snow, whilst subsequent shots show workers and machinery in the primary and secondary…

In 1969, John Player & Sons looked to have a film made about their new Horizon factory, which was then being built. As the company put it, the film would function 'to encourage employees to look objectively and favourably on the Horizon operation…

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The showroom housed products that could be collected through coupons available in packets of Player's cigarettes. The Nottingham showroom was on Hartley Road in Radford.

The photograph shows the showroom at Christmas time.

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Exterior view of No. 2 Factory on Radford Boulevard. Work was completed in 1932 and the building measured 250,000 square foot.The factory continued to produce cigarettes until the 1970s, when Player's moved production to its new Horizon factory.

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A group of women playing field hockey at the company's recreation ground situated at Aspley Lane.

Player's provided sports facilities for its workers at a site at Aspley Lane. Built in 1906, the Recreation Ground, or the Rec as it was known, was a…

Pat Swallow talks about some of the benefits of working for John Player & Sons during the 1970s and beyond. She talks both about working conditions and the social side of the job offered by the company, including the Miss Player competition.

Pat Swallow talks about the different jobs men and women did at John Player & Sons, both in the factories and the offices during the 1970s and beyond.

Every year up until the mid-1970s, John Player & Sons gave its employees a money bonus in March. To mark this, a dance was thrown at the Astoria dancehall in Nottingham (this later became the Sherwood Rooms and is now Ocean nightclub).


To mark 100 years of the company existing and manufacturing tobacco, John Player & Sons had an ash tray made specially by Royal Worchester. It was given to employees and retired employees along with a special company history produced for the occasion…


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