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TOWYN. LAYING THE MEMORIAL STONE OF TOWYX PIER. There is a story told of a man in America who said he would build a steamer near where he resided on the banks of a river. It will never be built," said the wise men of I the district. He build a steamer: nonsense." The man set to work, and by degrees the steamer assumed shape. The engine and boilers were fitted in, and every day it drew nearer completion. It will never sail. Did any- body ever see a boat of that shape sail?" and the wise men of the district laughed knowingly among themselves. At length steam was got up, and the much talked of vessel sailed away. As she turned one of the curves of the river the wise men exclaimed, Good bye to her she will never come back again. We have seen the last of her," and they went about their business. The steamer came back, however, and sailed regularly ovjr the ap- pointed course, but, said the wise men, She can never pay it is impossible and the best of success is to make a thing pay." Good dividends were declared in due course, and then the wise men turned round and said a steamer was just the thing they had always advocated, and that nothing in the world was plainer than that a steamer above all things would be a great success and pay good dividends. The spirited promoters of Towyn Promenade Pier have had to undergo something like othe experience of the builder of the steamer. The work has progressed from stage to stage, amid a good deal of scepticism that is com- pelled to shift its ground continually, as the ruthless logic of events makes old positions untenable. The moving and sustaining spirit of the undertaking is Mr. C. Elliott, who by the sheer force of his own will has already car- ried the scheme to a point where the most confirmed pessimists are compelled to admit they never thought it would reach. They are far less confident now as to its non-completion than they were at one time that it would never be commenced. Before three months have passed away they will be driven to their last stronghold, in its turn to be abandoned, that the Pier can never pay. One thing is certain, that few companies with a capital of £ 12,000 have obtained the Royal Assent to an Act of Parliament without the expenses for engineers, solicitors, plans, and everything connected with it from first to last exceeding the modest sum of £ 150. This is the small amount which the Towyn Pier Act has cost, owing to the exertions of Mr. Elliott. As a rule public companies are burdened with heavy liabilities before ever a shilling is spent in the undertaking, but at Towyn it may almost be said that the only capital expended will be laid out on remunerative labour, the designs and engineers' work having been done throughout by Mr. Elliott, without cost. The site fixed for the pier is at the termination of the road, which is a continuation of High-street. The entire frontage includes a space of sixty-two feet, and the Pier buildings to the north and south of the entrance have a depth of thirty-five feet. The pier will be approached through handsome iron gates, and there will be a glass verandah. The buildings, consisting of two blocks, con- j tain a considerable amount of accommodation. The south building is arranged.,as follows :—Two refreshment-rooms, attendants' bedroom, kitchen, cellars, lavatories, &c. The north builaing^—ladies' and gentlemen's waiting-rooms, pier master's sitting-room, bedroom, kitchen, Pier Com- I-riy s private office, and two cellars. J The material used by the contractors, Messrs. Henry Jones and Humphreys, Towyn, in the erection of the buildings, is concrete, composed of five portions of shingle to one ef cement. The usual proportions are seven parts to one of cement. The usual proportions are seven parts of shingle to one of cement. This material sets hard as solid reek, and riEgs on being struck like a piece of iron. Tie flMrs of the buildings are lifted out ef the way eif the highest tides. The projecting walls from which the pier will spring are to be backed with concrete, and filled up with thss material, so that a solid wall be present-sd to the sea. At Brynmor, within sight of the pier, there is a concrete wall WKi ft. in length, aad €.3%. 6 in. in h-eight. This wall, built early in the spriise. stands well. To tbe north of the pier, for a quarter of a mile, the property be- longs to the Marquess of Londonderry, and there M" we and. some probability that a concrete wall will be continued in front of this property. Whatever may he done at present there can be no question that in time the whole of the land on the shore in the neighbourhood of Towyit will be protected, and laid out as building sites. The Towyn Pier Company has a capital of £ 32,000 di- vided into 2,400 shares of £ 5 each. The chairman is Mr. C. Elliott, and the other directors are Mr. J. F..Tonef, surgeon, Mr. W. Parry, Mr. Owen Deniel, Mr. J. Hughes Jones, Aberdovey, and Mr. R. Jones Roberts. -Afr- Pryse Hughes is the secretary. The 'intention of the eom- panyis at present to run out the pier a distance of about three hundred feet. partly with concrete and partly on iron pillars, and it is further intended to finish the work in less than tvo months, -so that the opening of the pier will foe celebrated at the end of August." Saturday last was the day appointed for laying the memorisl stone of the new pier. The morning was remark- able for a downpour of rain from elk. Lids which shrouded.- the hills from sight. The prospects of the ceremony at one time looked black indeed, but towards noon there were rifts in tu clouds and spells of fair ws ather. The visitor who availed himself ex these intervals to walk about Towyn could not 'fail to be struck by the number of substantial new houses erected in different parts. Towvn is growing rapidly, and no doubt the land between the sea and the railway will in a few years be covered with streets and terraces. In many towns the first tiling that strikes the attention is an appearance of decay and dilapidation. The pathways are broken and crooked, the shops mangy, the inhabitants listless and out-of-elbows, and here and there are desolate waste places covered with broken crockery and old tin kettles. However true this might have been of Towyn in old times it is true no longer. There are signs of briskness everywhere, and happilyitis a briskness that will increase as the town becomes better known, and the inhabitants multiply schemes like that of the Pier. The p&rtially ex ecuted pier buildings were gaily decorated with flags, banners, &c., supplied by the chairman of the company. Among them was the ensign of the Roval 9 Naval Reserve of which Mr. Elliott is a lieutenant. The hour fixed for the ceremony was half-past two. and at that time there had assembled four or five hundred people, among whom were—Mr. W. W. E. Wynne, Mr. C. Elliot. Mr. J. Webster, Mr. C. E. Kettle, Mr. O. Daniel, Mr. E. Newell, the Rev. T. Lewis, vicar, and Mrs. Lewis, Mr. W. Pemberton, Aberdovey, Mr. Ellis Edwards, Aberdovey, Mr. F. Cockin. Bryndovey. Mr. E. Rowlands, Bryngwyn, Mr. R. G. Price, Mr. H. Price, Mr. P. Jones, London House, Mr. Henry Jones and Air. E. Humphreys, contractors, Mr. Edwin Jones, The Academy, Mr. J. Jones. Brvndedwydd, Mr. P. H. Hughes, Mr. Rees Daniel, Mr. D. Humphreys, Mr. William Richards, Rhydyronen, Mr. W. W. Parry, Mr. H. P. Jones. Mr. Morgan Jones, Dolangwydiau, &c. Mr. W. W. E. WYNNE, who kindly consented to lay the memorial stone, was on the ground at the appointed time, and the proceedings were commenced punctually. Mr. ELLIOTT said they had met there that day to wit- ness the laying of the memorial stone of the Towyn Pier. (Applause.) As the time dre near when the ceremony should be performed, the directors began to enquire amongst themselves who should perform it. He need hardly tell them that they unanimously resolved to ask Mr. Wynne, of Peniarth, knowing as they all did, the esteem in which he is held not only in Merionethshire, but throughout the Principality. (Applause.) It would have been impossible to have found anyone more entitled to lay the stone than himself. A deputation consisting of Dr. J. F. Jones and the speaker, waited on Mr. Vlynne, and he kindly consented. (Applause.) He (the speaker) thought they would all admit that Towyn had made great strides within the past year, no less than fifty houses having been built within that time. Amongst them were many elegant and sub- stantial buildings, and it was greatly to the credit of Towyn that they had all been erected through local enterprize, and by local builders. (Applause.) The gentleman who had purchased the greater portion of the Ynysymaengwyn Estate, had decided to lay out the land between the rail- way and the shore as a watering place on an extensive scale. Before another year had passed they would see built, or in course of building, many superior villa resi- dences. (Applause.) The promoters of the pier, seeing the rapid progress Towyn was making, thought the time was a favourable one for making a start, and they had so far succeeded that they had obtained an Act of Parliament authorizing the erection of a pier. The promoters in doing this had regarded it not purely in the light of a dividend- paying speculation, but more as a valuable impetus to the progress of Towyn, and an attraction to visitors and ex- cursionists, thereby benefiting the town and trade of Towyn, a result which, in his opinion, it could not fail to have. (Cheers.) As the Chairman of the Town Pier Company he presented Mr. Wynne with the silver trowel to enable him to lay the foundation-stone, and trusted he might be spared many years to look upon that trowel as a pleasant reminder of the events of that day. On behalf of the directors of the Company he tendered their grate- ful thanks to Mr. Wynne for the honour he had done them in attending there that day. The stone bore the inscription This stone was laid by W. W. E. Wynne, Esq., of Peniarth, 14th July, ISH," and the trowel of solid silver, chased in most elegant design, with carved ivory handle, bore the inscription "Presented to William Watkin Edward Wynne, Esq., on the occasion of his laying the foundation of the Towyn Pier, 14th July, 1877." The stone having been duly laid at the north-east corner of the building, Mr. WYNNE said, on being "requested to lay the founda- tion stone of the pier he could not for a moment hesitate to do so. (Applause.) A pier would be of great advan- tage to the town and neighbourhood, and would be a great attraction to visitors. (Applause.) There was not a finer beach anywhere, scarcely, than that of Towyn, nor was there much more attractive scenery. (Applause.) All that was wanted to bring visitors and to greatly increase the prosperity of the place was a larger number of good houses. (Applause.) There was a fine open space for building purposes before the station, and he hoped to see Towyn spread from the sea to the present town. He had much pleasure in being present, and in taking part in the ceremony that day. The Rev. Joll-, TITUS LEWIS then read the first five verses of the 93rd Psalm, the last two verses of the 90th Psalm, and offered prayer. Mr. WYNNE said he thought they ought to give three cheers for Mr. Elliott and the success of the pier, and said that they must not forget that Except the Lord build the house they labour in vain that build it." Three cheers were given, and at this point the irrepres- sible bard of the district came forth and insisted on read- ing englynion. He broke out three or four times before the ceremony was over, and most likely distinguished him- self. Mr. ELLIOTT thanked those present for the compliment, and said he trusted the Pier would not be the last enter- prize started in Towyn. He hoped a market hall would be the next move. (Cheers.) Mr. O. DAIEL said, as one interested inlhat under- taking and in all that affected the welfare of inwyn, he wished to say a word or two. The scheme which had brought them together that day had been ridiculed by many, and at one time he himself had been amongst the scoffers. (Laughter). But he had been converted. (Cheers). They had a fine town, six miles of the finest beach in Wales—from the Dysyni to the Dovey. They wanted a landing place for boats—(cheers)—and a promenade pier for visitors. The pier was undoubtedly of some consequence, as it had been opposed in Parliament by the Steam Navigation Company—(laughter)—and Mr. Elliott had had to make an alteration of a penny a ton, or something of that kind in the rates. (Laughter). He should be glad to see steamers plying, but the great object was to obtain a promenade pier, and he would be satisfied if the steamers only got there once a week instead of once an hour as some people seemed to anticipate. (Laughter). There were only seven shareholders in the company at present, but they saw the work was going on. (Cheers). If Towyn had a landing stage Aberystwyth would not be able to compete with it in some respects. (Cheers). He thanked Mr. Wynne, on behalf of those present, for his presence there that day. Mr. WYNNE said no credit was due to him for being there that day, and taking part in an undertaking that promised to be of such advantage to the town. He was amused to hear that the Pier Company's Act was opposed by the Steam Navigation Company, of which he was a member. He had never heard of the opposition, but he might tell them that the Steam Navigation Company was building new vessels, and perhaps they were being built in view of the business that would be done at the Towyn pier. (Loud laughter and cheers.) Three cheers having been given for Mr. Wynne, Mr. ELLIOTT read a telegram from Mr. George Lewis, secre- tary of the Cambrian Railways Company, regretting his inability to be present, owing to business, which kept him in London. After this part of the ceremony was over, foot races were got up, and Air. R. G. Price took great interest in them. The Aberdovey Brass Band, No. 1, under the leader- ship of Mr. Joseph Hughes, and the Towyn String Band, under the leadership of Mr. Edwin Jones, played selec- tions of music during the day. The String Band is a great acquisition to Towyn, and has made great advances since its first public appearance about a year ago. The proceedings terminated with a beautiful display of fireworks in the evening.

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