GOVERN MURRAY began working at Raleigh in 1968. He had just turned sixteen and newly arrived from Jamaica. He spent the next 37 years working until he was made redundant. By the time he had completed his time at Raleigh he was able to make a bicycle from start to finish.
“I did so many different jobs at Raleigh that I became a trouble-shooter. If they couldn’t mend a bicycle on the rail, they’d send it to me to fix. They would also send me to Amsterdam and Holland to fix bikes there and once they wanted me to go to Germany to mend some bikes, but I said no. When I think about it now I should have gone. The reason why I didn’t go was because of the racism.”Govern Murray