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JOHN SUTCH CRANES

HeavyTorque Issue Nine: John Sutch Cranes

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PLENTY OF HAULAGE BUSINESSES SPRING FROM DRIVERS WHO FEEL THEY CAN DO IT BETTER THAN THEIR EMPLOYERS. IN THIS CASE, IT WAS CRANE DRIVER JOHN SUTCH, WORKING FOR AINSCOUGH IN 1989, WHO RECKONED HE COULD SET UP ON HIS OWN. IAN NORWELL WENT TO MEET HIM IN BOOTLE.

John Sutch would be the first to agree that his scholastic career wasn’t covered in glory. Shown the door by his school, he walked away with his headmaster’s comments echoing in his ears. “John Sutch, you aren’t going to amount to much.” It reminds us of the words attributed to John Lennon’s grandmother - “The guitar is all right, but you’ll never make a living at it.” In John’s headmaster’s case, what he hadn’t reckoned on was John’s horse sense and capacity for hard work, outside the classroom. With his father a crane driver, it was an obvious job to go for, so he started racking up experience without delay.

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