Same here mate, but I started in '79 after leaving school.I got my first job in 74 working at the Towns steelworks. It was the main source of employment for the town. That’s virtually gone now as well.
I worked cash in hand, at a local fairground for a month or so, before I started in No.4 Plate Mill, at the South Durham Hartlepool works.
I was there, off and on, until 1989.