Former shipyard worker appeals to ex-workmates over asbestos claims

George Storey and wife Jane
George Storey and wife Jane
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A FORMER shipyard worker is appealing for former colleagues to come forward to help in his battle for compensation after being diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer.

George Storey was given the devastating news that he had terminal mesothelioma, caused by inhalation of the deadly dust, in December last year.

The 85-year-old, a father of one and grandfather of two, lives with wife Jane, 83, in Roker.

George worked as a plumber’s mate for Steel Engineers Limited of Crown Works, Pallion, between 1953 and 1955, repairing heating systems and installing new pipe work on several ships at Smiths Dock in North Shields.

He also worked on ships in yards based just across the Tyne in South Shields, at Brigham and Cowan and Tyne Slipway.

“My diagnosis in December last year was utterly devastating,” he said

“I used to enjoy gardening and pottering around in my woodshed, but I’m now unable to manage these simple tasks. I get out of breath easily and I’ve had to give it up, which has been really upsetting and frustrating.

“My wife suffers from a chronic lung disease, and can’t do any jobs around the house like cooking and cleaning so I used to do it – all of which I can’t manage any more.

“I cannot believe that work I did so long ago is having such a devastating effect on my life today.”

Isobel Lovett is an asbestos-related disease specialist at Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office and is representing George and his family.

She said: “We are appealing for information from anyone who worked for Steels Engineers Limited, or who worked on ships at the Smiths Dock, North Shields, or Brigham and Cowan or Tyne Slipway shipyards, both in South Shields.

“Mesothelioma has a massive impact on those who are diagnosed and they are forced to try and deal with the reality of a disease that cannot be cured.

“George is determined to get justice and continue in his case to ensure that his family will be provided for.”

Anyone able to help in this matter can contact Isobel Lovett at Irwin Mitchell on 279 0104 or email

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