In 1974, rainwear made in Bolton was being exported all over the world.

The town was home to the famous Harrington jacket, much loved by style gurus even today.

Baracuta factory, Bolton, 1974

This photo takes us inside the Baracuta Clothing Company and its factory on Fletcher Street where garments were made.

You can see all the machinists surrounded by piles of material and garments all in need of finishing off. There’s hardly space to walk round the machines are so tightly-packed together. cables hang from the ceiling to power the overlockers and sewing machines

And all those industrial sewing machines working away must have made quite a noise.

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