MILTON FITZROY CROSDALE worked at Raleigh for four years as a Production Controller until he left to work for the Race Relations Board in 1979. Crosdale’s work involved ensuring that all of the components needed were in place for the production of between 10-12 different models of prams being built by Raleigh.
“After the 1958 riots in St Anns between the Teddy boys and Black residents there was a delegation from the Federation of the West Indies. In that delegation there was Grantley Adams, Prime Minister of Barbados, and Norman Manley who was Premier of Jamaica among others. They came to Nottingham and as part of the presentation made to them by the Black community they discussed Raleigh, which at the time didn’t employ Black people. The Federation collectively threatened to send back a shipload of bicycles to England. There was a representation made to meet the Chief Executive of the Raleigh Company while they were here and that’s where the discussions took place and changed things in 1959.”Milton Fitzroy Crosdale