SIR - What an interesting feature on working life in Bradford power station (T&A, October 28). The pictures by Gerald Farnell, brought back memories of my time as an electrical apprentice there.

All craft apprentices started their working life at the authority's training school in Leeds.

There is a huge range of highly-skilled trades involved in keeping a power station operating efficiently and in those days, 1951, supplies were frequently interrupted by load shedding or power cuts as the industry struggled with worn-out equipment to cope with increasing demand as Britain emerged from the war.

Wilf Shaw, the superintendent, could regularly be seen striding about the works urging the workers to keep up the steam pressure. It was a matter of pride to keep on line and avoid a shutdown.

Bradford was unusual in that it had three working steam pressures, 250, 650 and 1,000lb/sq inch, which added to problems.

Bradford Corporation was the first local authority to put down a plant for the public supply of electricity. The Borough of Bradford received Royal assent on August 25, 1883. In 1887 the erection of the original works, 27 Bolton Road, was commenced and the works opened by the Mayor, Alderman Moulson, on September 20, 1889.

At that time only 43 consumers were connected. What foresight.

R J Lacey, Wrose Road, Bradford 2