Bygones: Lifetime in haulage for Hallam
HERE, Ray Newcomb tells us about Geoff Hallam and his connection to Humber Warehousing.
Geoff Hallam, 84, was born in Lincoln. Within two years of leaving school he became involved with road haulage.
His first position was as a traffic clerk at Foreman Bros, at Branston, in Lincoln.
He moved to Harvey Bros livestock haulage at Coningsby before settling into a job with Arthur Lockwood, a Lincs farmer who had become involved with haulage and storage.
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The old Lincolnshire airfields with large open tarmac, hangars and ancillary buildings, provided excellent areas to conduct his operation.
The company name was changed from Ingham Agricultural Services Ltd to Humber Warehousing and a site at Killingholme was acquired. Geoff became MD.
A takeover by Associated Fisheries took place and they moved into premises in Ladysmith Road, near the Honest Lawyer pub and Granville Street), ideally placed for the rapidly expanding frozen food companies.
Humbers gained contracts with the big players at that time.
A further move to new premises and a cold store on Estate Road 5 allowed for the operation to expand and other depots were acquired.
In 1970, Humber and McVeigh (owned by Imperial Foods) were brought into one company and called Humber McVeigh Transport.
At this time, 500 lorries and 1,000 trailers were operated through depots all over the country.
In 1976, Geoff was taken ill during a business trip in southern Ireland. He was admitted into Ballinscoe Hospital where he remained for six months. He was then transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary for a further three months.
Finally, Geoff was told that he would never recover to be able to work again. He resigned from Humber McVeigh.
Not to be thwarted by this major, life-changing illness, Geoff started consultancy work. His clients included Lease Air and Chris Smaller Haulage.
In 1980, Geoff established Geoff Hallam Transport Services from a depot in Stallingborough. Storage was a good payer and a bonded warehouse was included in the operation.
In 1982/3 Renwick Freight, Willenhall, Staffs, approached Geoff and bought out the business, making Geoff the MD.
He soon realised the operation had problems and he left, losing his financial interest in the company.
Geoff then went back into consultancy and his reputation secured him a living.
At 84, Geoff isn't about to quit and still takes on work consulting haulage operators from time to time.
Humber McVeigh's name was changed to ACS&T (Associated Cold Stores and Transport) and still operates from Estate Road 5, however road haulage work is now contracted in by other operators.