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INFUAL DINNER OF THE BARRY RAILWAYMENS BAND. On Saturday evening the first annual dinner of bhe Barry Railwaymen's Band took place at head- quarters, the Ship Hotel. Major-General Lee presided, there being also present:—Mr. F. W. dollier, Dr. Powell, Mr. R. S. Robinson, Mr. Sidney Davis, Mr. T. Ward, Mr. A. L. M. Bonn, Mr. Lewis Evans, Mr. J. Evans. Mr. R. F. Illingworth, Mr. F. P. Haigh, Mr. R. Ewens, Mr. J. Williams. Mr. C. Dhristian, Mr. J. E. Rees. Mr. A. J. Rees, Mr. J. T. Rees, Mr. Thomas, Mr. T. Price, Mr. F. J. Evans, Mr. H. A. Coventry, Mr. Couch, &c. The dinner was served by Miss Leicester, in first- -lass style, leaving nothing to be desired. After full justice had been done to the repast, tastefully izecuted selections were played by the band. At :he conclusion of the music, the usual loyal toast was warmly received, on the proposition of Mr. R. 3. Robinson.—Mr. Thomas next rendered" The skipper" in good style, and Mr. J. Clode gave a jornet solo," The Holy City." Mr. Sidney Davies proposed The Trade of the District." (Heal, hear.) He was very proud to 'ee that last year the success of the dock had mfcstripped the most sanguine expectations of all )f them. From three millions the export of coal lad now gone up to four millions—(applause)— which showed that they had done a very ,rood year's work, and a good dividend had been realised, which must be appreciated by the founders )f the dock. (Hear, hear.) A couple of yoars ago ;he shipowners had a great prejudice to sending ;heir ships to Barry, but now gave the port an jxcellent name, not only because of the despatch jut because of the relative expenses, which were as ow as in any port in the United Kingdom. (Hear, iear.) He believed that there was a great future n store for Barry Dock, especially when the new iommercial dock was finished, which he believed ivould be in five or six weeks' time, and ships yhich were now obliged to go to Cardiff would bs iccommodated there. He thought things vere looking brighter now as they did lot hear of so many failures there People were making the best of the position, and the tradesmen could see now that it was necessary, if they wished for success, to bring the .business prices down to the same level as those of Cardiff. Now, he was pleased to say, there were very few things which could not be got there as cheap as at Cardiff. He regretted to see so many houses empty, but he believed that before the end of the year they would be occupied, and he should look forward to see the rates reduced as the result. He thought Barry had a splendid future before it, and it behoved them all to do their best to make it as suc- cessful as possible. (Hear, hear.)—The toast was drunk with enthusiasm, after which Mr. Haigh gave a recitation, The Wanderer's Return-" General Lee, who was obliged to leave early in order to go home by train, before going, said he should like to thank them very much for an enjoyable evening, and he was sorry he could not stay longer. He hoped that the association would flourish. (Hear, hear.) He could not think of any- thing better, from many points of view, than music as a recreation there was no doubt it was one of the most pleasant things-he would not always say for the hearers—but certainly for the performers. It was a recreation which left no regrets behind, and that was a great deal to say, as many people indulged in recreations which they afterwards regretted. The only regret they could feel after a musical practice, was that their fingers were not so supple as they could wish for them to be. He hoped that would be the beginning of many- such meet- ings, which could only leave pleasant memories behind. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Sidney Davies proposed The Chairman." He was proud to think they had such a gentleman in the district.) The toast was accorded musical honours, and General Lee, in response, thanked those present for the kind way in which they hnd received the toast. It afforded him great pleasure to be connected with the district, in the welfare of which he took a great interest, and it gave him great pleasure to know that during the last few years he had been associated with Barry. He could fairly say he had learnt to appreciate iiis fellow- men very much from mixing with them in the dis- trict. (Hear. hear.) Dr. Powell was then voted to the chair. Mr. A. Bonn sang We'll all go a-hunting to-day," and at the conclusion of the song he proposed 'the toast of The Hostess," who, he said, had provided a meal which had surpassed their most sanguine expectations. Miss Leicester took great interest in the band, and she showed it by promoting the interests of the band in every possible way. (Hear, hear.) The band was greatly indebted to their hostess, who very kindly lent them a room and piano gratuitously, and the practice room was one which the best band in the district might be proud of. (Hear, hear.) Mr. J. E. Rees then gave the toast of the evening. The Barry String Band," making a few remarks in which he stated that it was a great pleasure to him to give the toast of The Band," as he took a very decided interost in its welfare. and it was no secret pleasure to him to come down of an evening and listen to their practices. What Mr. Sydney, Davies had said as regards the trade of the district, that it was still the habit of a portion of the in- habitants of the district to go to Cardiff for their purchases, was quite true, but he was also sorry to say it referred to the Band. He was surprised to find that after having such a good Band in the district, that only a short time ago another was brought from Cardiff to do that which he had every confidence the Barry Band would have done equally as well. He wished the Band every success, and complimented them on having such an able conductor. Mr. A. J. Rees (conductor) then made a few remarks. He thanked those friends that were present that evening for their kindness in sup- porting them, and trusted that it would not be Ions: before they would meet at another pleasant gathering. He would always try to do his best for the Band, and thought that if the members attended the practises they would eventually make an excellent Band. Mr. A. L. M. Bonn (hon. sec.) then responded. He said, I must thank you for the very kind way in which you toasted the Band, and also for the kind remarks made by our esteemed friend, Mr. J. E. Rees. The chief aim of the Band is to en- deavour as far as possible to give our assistance to the public generally on every cause by perform- ing with any entertainment, that takes place. During the last nine months they had performed on the following occasions-viz., Cadoxton and Barry Histrionic Society's performances in aid of the Nursing Institute and Cottage Hospital, Church entertainments at Barry, Presbyterian bazaar, and also other concerts, &c., in whi-ch I have full reason to believe that we have acquitted ourselves in a very creditable manner, considering that we are, a young band, and I trust that in the future we may do as well. or even better. So far we have not found it necessary to ask for support. But as time goes on our expenses increase, and we find that our fund is totally inadequate to carry out the work we have undertaken in a satisfactory wav. So we now feel that we shall have to ask for patronage and support from those we assist. Our expenses are not great. We have a conductor, and I might say an excellent one in Mr. Alfred Rees, who gives his services gratuitously. Then again, with great kindness, our worthy hostess, Miss Leicester, has placed both practice room and piano at our dis- posal, which, in itself, went a long way to reduce expenses. The chief expense is music, of which we are sadly in need so as to enable us to place a fairly large and good repertoire before you. We also would be pleased to have the assistance of any instrumentalists who would care to become members. In fact, it is our aim to place a band in this district that will be. a credit to the place. After the execution of a pianoforte solo from "Zampa," by Mr. Rees, Dr. Powell proposed The Press," and the toast was- acknowledged by Mr. J. R. Llewellyn and Mr. F. Cornish (Smith Wales Star). Mr. Robinson next sang" Tho Powder Monkey," and the band played selections from some popular songs. Mr. Thomas sang The Humble Child," and a most enjoyable evening shortly afterwards terminated.

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