They say that not all heroes wear capes but in this case I reckon they do, tartan lined ones made from waxed cotton with a cord collar. I say this because the fantastic folk up at Barbour’s factory in South Shields have stopped producing their amazing outerwear in order to make PPE garments for the NHS. Having already been producing disposable gowns from next week wBarbour move to a larger scale production of gowns and scrubs for the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) and other North East NHS Trusts to support frontline medical staff who are in urgent need of these items.
Whilst head honcho Dame Margaret Barbour had this to say about the amazing endeavour: “Everyone has a role to play in fighting COVID-19 and I wanted my daughter Helen and I to play our part by turning our South Shields factory over to produce PPE product for the NHS. Our staff’s welfare is our most important priority and we have undertaken a strict risk assessment to ensure we adhere to social distancing and that they are fully protected whilst undertaking this important role. I am very grateful to my staff for their overwhelming support. The factory, where we normally make our classic wax jackets is no stranger to adaptation. During both World Wars, we turned the factory over to make military garments to assist the war effort. We are pleased to once again be able to make a difference and this time, to support the NHS.”
Here’s some photos we took up at Barbour when we were lucky enough to go on a factory visit a few years back. Bless ups and massive thanks to the Barbour posse and the NHS from everyone here at Proper xxx