Margaret worked as an usherttere in quinton’s classic cinema between 1975 and 1976 and Birmingham Hippadrome from 1976 until 1986.. Mrs Halls said: “Nothing will ever bring back my mum, but I really want to know how she could have come into contact with asbestos as the dangers were known back then and it is only right that her past employers are held to account for their negligent actions.
The heartbroken daughter of a former usherette from Cradley Heath is appealing to her mum’s ex-colleagues after she died from asbestos-related cancer. Lynne’s Halls’ mother Margaret Rose Edgington was 71 when she first became ill in 2012 and was diagnosed with mesothelioma the following year.
She died on September 8, 2014. Margaret worked as an usherette in Quinton’s Classic Cinema between 1975 and 1976 and Birmingham Hippodrome from 1976 until 1986. Mrs Halls said: “Nothing will ever bring back my mum, but I really want to know how she could have come into contact with asbestos as the dangers were known back.
Then and it is only right that her past employers are held to account for their negligent actions. “I’d be so grateful to anyone who worked with my mum or at Classic Cinema or Birmingham Hippodrome around that time to get in touch to help shed some light on how she would have been exposed to the substance.”
During her time at the Hippodrome, Margaret became friends with a colleague, Anne, and the two were pictured with Des O’Connor, who was appearing at the theatre at the time.
Mrs Halls added: “I’d particularly like to hear from Anne and it would mean a lot to my family and I if she could get in touch.
“Mum worked hard her whole life.
“We’re devastated to have lost her this way. If someone could just give us the answers we’re looking for we’d feel like we could better come to terms with our loss.”
Alida Coates, a specialist industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell said: “Margaret’s family have been left devastated at the loss of their mother.
“It was a complete shock to be told that her Margaret had a fatal asbestos illness.”
She added: “We are keen to speak to anyone who worked at or undertook refurbishment at Classic Cinema, Quinton or the Hippodrome during the period when Margaret was employed.
“Any information from people engaged in refurbishment or fellow colleagues or friends who worked alongside her could prove vital in securing the information we need to secure justice for Margaret and her family.”
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Source: Halesowen News