The Year You Were Born – 1983


January 22nd – Björn Borg retires from tennis after winning 5 consecutive Wimbledon championships.

January 31st – Seatbelt use for drivers and front seat passengers becomes mandatory in the United Kingdom.

February 28th – The final episode of M*A*S*H is aired and the record of most watched episode is broken.

May 11th – Aberdeen FC beat Real Madrid 2-1 (after extra time) to win the European Cup Winner’s Cup in 1983 and become the only third Scottish side to win a European trophy.

September 24th – The Red Hot Chilli Peppers launch their first, self-titled, album.

September 25th – Maze Prison escape: 38 Irish republican prisoners, armed with six handguns, hijack a prison meals lorry and smash their way out of HMP Maze, in the largest prison escape since World War II and in British history.

October 2nd – Neil Kinnock is elected leader of the British Labour Party..

November 13th – The first United States cruise missiles arrive at Greenham Common Airbase in England amid the protests from peace campaigners.

November 26th – Brink’s-MAT robbery: In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million are taken from the Brink’s-MAT vaule at Heathrow Airport. Only a fraction of the gold is ever recovered, and only 2 men are convicted of the crime.

Date Unknown – Mcdonald’s introduces the McNugget.


February 11th – Radael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer.

April 1st – Franck Ribery, French footballer.

April 15th – Matt Cardle, English singer-songwriter and guitarist.

April 23rd – Taio Cruz, British singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional rapper, and entrepreneur.

May 13th – Natalie Cassidy, British actress.

May 30th – Jennifer Ellison, British actress.

June 8th – Kim Clijsters, Belgian tennis player.

June 30th – Cheryl Cole, British singer and TV personality.

August 19th – Reeva Steenkamp, South African Model (Died 2013).

September 14th – Amy Winehouse, British singer (Died 2011).


January 2nd – Dick Emery, British comedian.

January 28th – Billy Fury, British musician.

February 4th – Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer.

February 25th – Tennessee Williams, American playwright.

April 30th – Muddy Waters, American musician.

May 31st – Jack Dempsey, American heavyweight champion boxer.

July 29th – David Niven,  English actor.


EPDM Rubber Roofing – Ensor backs the winning horse

Philip Brooke and his wife at Firestone RubberCover at Newmarket Racecourse

Managing Director of Ensor Building Products Philip Brooke and his wife Ann Marie,
pictured here, were guests at a recent race meeting held at Newmarket Racecourse
and which was sponsored by Firestone Building Products. After the racing had
finished, entertainment was provided by none other than Boyzone.

Ensor Building Products are authorised UK main importers and distributors of
Firestone’s RubberCover EPDM single ply roofing membrane system and are actively
looking for merchants and re-sellers that are interested in getting involved in the
supply chain and don’t want to miss the boat.

There remains a massive untapped UK residential market for this product whose
advantages over traditional roofing membranes includes superior weather ability and
durability; flame free and straight forward installation; high flexibility; low life cycle
cost; environmentally friendly and reduced risk of potential leakage due to fewer
joints being required.

Product training and point of sale also available for stockists and trading partners.

For further information visit our EPDM Rubber Roofing page

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Little Trouble in Big China

Ensor Building Products Managing Director, Philip Brooke, has just returned from his latest business trip to Ensor’s Chinese subsidiary in Xiamen, South East China. The trip included a visit to the source of Sobrano Premier, Ensor’s latest addition to their Chinese slate range.

When sourcing Chinese roof slates it’s a case of “caveat emptor” or buyer beware; it’s important to deal with a reputable importer that can demonstrate an impeccable track record of co-operation with dependable Chinese contacts together with a good understanding of the quarries.

Ensor have imported Chinese roof slates for over a decade, significantly longer than most other UK importers, and are one of the only Chinese roof slate suppliers with their own registered company in China.

The following photographs depict Philip Brooke visiting the quarry to discuss amongst other things, quality, continuity of supply, investment in new plant & machinery and the continued strengthening of trading co-operation.

As always, check out our Roof Slates section.






Ensor at NMBS Exhibition in Telford

We will be attending the NMBS Exhibition in Telford, Shropshire.

Situated in Telford, Shropshire, our annual exhibition aims to:

  • Facilitate face to face contact with existing and new suppliers
  • Allow members to earn extra rebate
  • Promote suppliers’ new product launches
  • Provide networking opportunities for all Members

We will be at Stand 63 and the event is on the 25th May 2011.

Click here to get directions

Click here to visit the NMBS Official Event page

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