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An exhibition celebrating the relaunch of the Luxdon Laundry brand opens at Sunderland Museum tomorrow. We take a look at your memories of the much loved Wearside firm.
"My father, Henry, was the driving force behind the laundry by this stage," said Jimmy. "He had trained as a laundry dryer before World War"My father was very innovative," said Jimmy. "He came up with many successful ideas, like the Insitu service to clean carpets in your own home. He was also the one who changed the firm's name to Luxdon, although he originally wanted to call its Lumsdon which is a traditional family name.
Henry did, however, manage to change the family name from Taylor to Lumsdon Taylor by deed poll as a tribute to his eldest son.
Generations of Wearsiders looked to Luxdon to keep their clothes "light and bright" with the firm's popularity ever increasing over the years.
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"Jimmy was only seven at the time, but he wore his new name with pride.
The Second World War saw the firm processing 10,000 bundles of soldiers' clothing each week, as well as 5,000 household bundles and dry cleaning.
laundry sorting room, the washhouse and ironing rooms followed and he even took his driving test in a Luxdon Laundry van.
Just as his father had helped "grow the business" with innovative schemes, so Jimmy's ideas for new projects and services helped the firm flourish too.
Jimmy took over the firm in 1959, following Omega Seamaster 300 Lume Henry's death, sharing the role of MD with Florence Howey at first a former Luxdon's shop girl.
"When he wasn't allowed to do that, because of some law, he decided on the name Luxdon, because the word Lux means light and bright."
Florence had worked her way up the career ladder, spending time in the laundry and as a supervisor, and was one of Sunderland's first female MDs.
said Jimmy's wife, Linda.
Luxdon Laundry always enjoyed a reputation for loyal service with many employees clocking up 40 and even 50 years at the firm.
"I still remember how nice everyone was. It was like one big family really. They were all so good and helpful to each other," recalls Jimmy.
Jimmy wasn't short of ideas himself after entering the business at the age of 20, but first his father expected him to learn the ropes from the bottom up.
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"In later years, people would come to me for help. I wanted to help them, as they helped my by working there. I felt like a father figure to them."
Allen Lumsdon Taylor tragically died on the operating table at the Royal Infirmary, following complications with meningitis. He was just 13.
"My father had spotted her potential and realised she would make a good supervisor," said Jimmy. "It was a very progressive firm in that way."
And, once peace was declared, Henry developed new services such as Pillopac, to sterilise pillows, and Cellopac for non shrinking blankets.
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