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Presentation to Mr. J. Gilmour, Uwynypia. There was a happy gathering at the residence of Mr. John Gilmour (formerly surface manager and mechanical engineer at the Glamorgan Collieries, Llwynypia, and now of Maesyrhaul, Trealaw) on Saturday evening last, when about fifty friends, representing the surface workmen of Llwynypia, met to mark their high appreciation and esteem of their former master, and to give tangible expression to these sentiments in the form of a valuable silver loving cup, which was presented to aim on that evening. The cup (which; was filled and handed round after the formal presentation) was supplied through Mr. Barney Isaacs, jeweller, Tonypandy, and Was of solid silver, weighing 112ozs., and 35^ inches high. It was richly ornamented with Repousee work, with modelled handles, finely chased. In the centre was an embossed representation of the Gla- morgan Collieries. The Scotch thistle was a prominent feature of the design. Previous to partaking of a sumptuous cold luncheon, to which the company were entertained by Mr. Gilmour, the entire group were photographed on the lawn by Mr. Levi Ladd, Tonypandy. A copy of the photograph is reproduced in this issue. Mr. John Oriel (foreman, wasfiery) pre- sided over the after-proceedings, and declared that no one merited recognition more than Mr. Gilmour did. He had had the pleasure of spending, many years under his leadership, and could only look back Upon that period with joy. Mr. Gilmour's many acts of kindness, not only to him Personally, but to many others—some of whom were present that evening-had greatly impressed him, and this was parti- cularly the case when sickness or acci- dents had overtaken them. The movement Was practically originated by Messrs. Wm. Pallimore and John James, and he thought it only right that these gentlemen should have full credit for initiating the move- tnent. He had great pleasure in calling Upon Mr. Tom Williams to make the pre- sentation to Mr. Gilmour on behalf of the surface men of Llwynypia. THE GATHERING AT MR. GILMOTJR'S PRESENTATION.. Photo by] [Levi Ladd, Tonypandy Mr. Williams, who was formerly at Llwynypia, but is now mechanical engi- neer at the Blaenclydach Colliery, in a brief address thanked the committee for the honour conferred upon him in select- ing him to make the presentation on behalf of the Llwynypia surface men. It lVould be folly on his part to relate thei many good qualities of Mr. Gilmour, as the Chairman had already enumerated them. He had, therefore, great pleasure Jo. formally presenting Mr. Gilmour with the loving cup on behalf of the subscribers.! the inscription on the cup read follows. -Liui- Auia Lana oyae. i-ie-, dented to John liumour, lJ.¡Sq., as a toisea1 ot respect ana esteem ior tneir old master by the surface workmen of JULwynypia Colliery. • u wir gariact.2 July ibtn, lW." The recipient, who was received with Musical honours, feelingly returned hm heartfelt tiianks. lie felt. the kmancb> Very, deeply. The esentaliOn came at ft very opportune moment, as it was only on the previous day tnat lie had completed his tlnrty-sixtii year m Idwynypia. JUuring j that time he had seen many caanges, but he felt that their action that evening had been prompted by the utmost kindness, -tie waa only too, pleased to see them around him once more. They had been together for many years, and he would always cherish their memory. The loving cup that had been presented to him that evening would always remind him of the many pleasant times that they had spent together. They had on many occasions been in tight corners, but no body of men had ever rallied round their manager better than they had done (cheers). Jb'orty years had elapsed since he had started With the Hoods, thirty-six years having been spent at Llwynypia, and the Remaining four years under Mr. W. W. tiood's grandfather before coming down to Wales. The Llwynypia Colliery, in those days, was a very small concern, and the steam coal had only just been won. The colliery had, however, been gradually built up, and he only regretted that he could not be amongst them now he had hoped to end his days amongst them, lio,wevell he thanked them very deeply for their exceedingly great kindness to him. It was a lovely cup, and he felt greatly indebted to those who had organ- ised the movement, and particularly Mr. Tom Lewis (mechanical draughtsman), who JIVA practically designed the cup. He Wished them all long life, health and happiness, and hoped that God would bless them all (cheers). Mr. James Richards, in a humorous speech, subsequently enlivened the pro- ceedings by recalling the hapucf times that he and Mr. Gilmour had spent together 111 days of yore, after which Mr. John Lewis (timekeeper) spoke. He said that he had worked very harmoniously under Mr. Gilmour, and had found him exceed- ingly kind. He (Mr. Lewis) had never Worked for anybody, with greater pleasure, and had found that what little he had done was always appreciated, and their old master was never above acknowledg- ing it. Mr. Gilmour's kindness to him had always made him anxious to be worthy of the confidence placed in him. With reference to the presentation, he had been connected with many movements of a similar kind, but could safely say that he had never found it easier to approach the workmen than in the present instance. Everybody, without exception, was desirous of participating, and he was exceedingly Pleased that the movement had been brought to such a successful issue. The Cup was worthy of the recipient and the Recipient worthy of the cup. Mr. John Clark (fitter), one of the oldest of the surface employees at llwynypia, also added his meed of praise. |Ie was proud to see so many of his fellow-workmen met to do honour to Mr. Gilmour. They had all come there, he |elt sure, to speak of him as they had found him. He (Mr. dark) had been 34 years with Mr. Gilmour, and had always found him a straightforward, industrious man. He had on many occasions asked favours of him, and they had always been readily granted. Mr. Gilmour had always Respected the old man. If the aged man Waa taken ill and had to leave off work temporarily, his place was always open for him when he could resume his duties. Mr. Gflmour had never reflected oil old age. Some of the older hands at Llwyny- pia had been in the employ of the Gla- morgan Company for thirty and forty years, and had always been treated with kindness and sympathy. He concluded by wishing Mr. Gilmour long life and happi- ness, and might peace and prosperity attend him all the days of his life. Mr. Alexander Allen (night foreman) also spoke on behalf of the night surface men at Llwynypia. Mr. Gilmour was highly respected by them all, and he (Mr. Allen) had personally found in him a very good friend. Mr. Lewis Phillips (foreman carpenter), in point of service the oldest workman on the Llwynypia Colliery surface, declared he had been at the Glamorgan Colliery since he was 18 years of age. Only the No. 3 pit was working then, and he could recollect the time when Mr. Duncan was cashier there. He had always found in Mr. Gilmour a true friend, and hoped that he would long remain in their midst and that they might oftentimes meet. Mr. Joseph PerTis (foreman coker) felt it a, duty on his part to thank Mr. Gilmour for the kindly interest he had always taken in him (Mr. Perris). He had been at Llwynypia for twenty-eight years, and, as they all knew, had suffered a good deal in the way of ill-health, but Mr. Gilmour had done much for him. He thanked him deeply, and trusted he would live long and that they should yet enjoy many happy hours together. Interspersing the speeches musical selec- tions were given, the vocal items being contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hughes, and Messrs. John Clark and J. Richards, while Mr. Tom Lewis (Glamorgan Offices) acted as pianist and accompanist. The singing of Auld Lang Syne" and the Welsh and English National Anthems brought to a close a most enjoyable evening. Great credit is due to Messrs. John Oriel, Willie Davies, and John Williams, chairman, secretary and treasurer respec- tively of the movement, for the able manner in which the necessary duties were discharged. "c:

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