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Ferranti and International Signals & Control.’72 Other newspapers made the usual allusions to the marital nature of such events, the Oldham Evening Chronicle describing ‘An exciting marriage’ and accusing Ferranti of ‘cradle-snatching’, given the relative ages of the two companies.73 There were also comments such as: ‘Such marriages are made in heaven’74 and a ‘Love Match’.75 Sir Derek Alun-Jones sustained them, saying that ‘if you take a girl out for long enough, you nearly always end up marrying her’,76 giving a heavy hint that the ‘courting’ had been going on for some

in Ferranti: A History