The St Albans firm, Pearce Recycling, started off as scrap merchants with several yards throughout the city. One of these yards was in front of the ruins of Sir Richard Lee‘s Tudor house in Cottonmill Lane. John Buckingham remembers playing there as a child. He and his friend Jean Riley came up with an idea to collect rags to sell to Pearce’s to raise funds for the East cost flooding in 1953. They received a box of Smartie’s each and their story made headlines in the Herts Advertiser.
Interview date: 14 December 2011. Interviewer: Sandy Norman.