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Mower-makers' tale to be seen on TV

PUBLISHED: 15:33 28 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

FAMOUS Ipswich company Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies will take the spotlight in a TV documentary tomorrow.

BBC2's series Matter of Fact will be taking a look back at the engineering company's proud history, in an episode appropriately entitled Cutting Edge.

FAMOUS Ipswich company Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies will take the spotlight in a TV documentary tomorrow.

BBC2's series Matter of Fact will be taking a look back at the engineering company's proud history, in an episode appropriately entitled Cutting Edge.

The programme, starting at 7.30pm, features archive material dating back to the 1950s and 60s, along with footage shot at Textron's manufacturing facility at Ransomes Europark in August.

The TV publicity follows publication earlier this year of the book Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies: Agricultural Engineers by author Brian Bell, published by Ipswich-based Old Pond Publishing.

One of the retired employees taking part in the film is Fred Dyer, 87, also featured in the book, who spent all his working life with the company. He said: "I'd do it all again, if I could."

During its long history, Ransomes has been a pioneering force, introducing the first motor mower in 1902, followed by the first mains driven electric mower, way back in the 1920s.

The programme even includes footage, found on an original film shot in 1959, of a Ransomes mower being ridden from Edinburgh to London.

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