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A Trip from Cwmgwrach to Birmingham.


A Trip from Cwmgwrach to Birmingham. BY "INVITED." Through the kind invitation of an old friend, who is a member of the Cwmgwrach Cork Club, I had the hon- our and the pleasure of spending my Easter holidays in one of the biggest manufacturing cities of the Midlands, I Birmingham. A saloon was provided for the members of the club at a reasonable fare. I left home in the early hours of Monday morning. The sky was clear, the stars showing their brilliant light, and the moon appearing over Cam Moesau, casting its glorious reflection upon the village. I found my friend waiting patiently on the Square. I could hear the "Corks" whistling, singing, and splashing through the muddy, sloppy streets, which our Coun- cillors have promised so often to see that they are paved and improved, and provide avenues of palm trees at the fraction cost of a vote. We soon made a move for the station, where I had an introduction to my intended Brothers Cork and a few other invited friends. At quarter past two I found myself seated in a cosy little room. There were pictures on the partition of differ- ent scenery and seaside health resorts; windows both sides; a long narrow table in the middle, with comfortable cushioned seats all round, and an up- to-date lavatory between us and the neighbours next door. Meanwhile we found that we had left behind us the beautiful picturesque Vale of Neath, and were travelling through the Aber- dare Valley, and through the mountain to Quaker's Yard and Llancaiach. During our few moments' stay here, we could see the beautiful moonlight resting on the mournful little village beyond Llanfabon Mountain, where the dreadful mining calamity occurred a few months ago. We passed Crumlin Bridge, and eventually we heard a porter shouting, "Pontypool Road Mackenzie asked him, "Beth wyt ti'n feddwl am y streic?" "Yes, yes, the restaurant is open," meddai ef. The biscuits there appeared to have been made by a compresser, but the coffee was very delicious, so the ladies said, whatever. After changing our monster iron locomotive, and having a clear road, we were soon sailing through Penpergwm, via. Abergavenny. The land was covered by Mr. Whitefrost. The blackbird, thrush, and other birds were to be heard afar and near, giving their sweet melody in a chorus. The sun rose with a brilliancy which augured well for a lovely day, cheering us to such an extreme that we struck up an old Welsh ballad, under the baton of Mr. Richard Lloyd, A.R.C.O.: Iar fach bert yw iar fach i, Goch, a gwyn, a melyn a du, Aeth i'r coed i ddodwy wi, Codws i chwt a bant a hi." _U So early in the morning," etc. We had refreshments in Hereford, and were soon viewing Colwall Racecourse and magnificent Malvern. "Wei ar fen- cos i, Twm," said Pat, "w i wedi dyfaru canwaith fv mod wedi symud o yma. Gweli di'r ty acw a'r lofft wch ben y drws? Dyna lie yr oeddwn i yn byw. We travelled past orchards, which were in bloom, and through hopfields, and into the ancient town of Wor- cester. As the ladies didn't want any carpets just then, we had only a glimpse of Kidderminster. After a run of six hours and a half we reached our destination-Snow Hill Station. We went in search of a restaurant. After., breakfast we went strolling about town. As we were so many we divided in lots. Some went for a country trip in the direction of High- bury, the residence of the well-known Mr: Chamberlain; others visited the football ground, which was occupied by Aston Villa v. Derby County, and the remainder visited the Central Read- ing Rooms, which were half empty. A large number had a look round the Art Gallery and the Cathedral in the mojm- ing. Corporation Street and New Street seemed to be heavy with traffic. We also had a view of the monument, which had been erected in memory of the Warwickshire soldiers who fell in the African War. We also had a trip to Sutton, the Botanical Gardens, Cannon Hill Park, and Reservoir. At 6.30 W3 all turned up by the Empire, where we had booked in the morning. Once we were together we immediately would draw the attention of the crowds through our Welsh chatting and songs. After two hours of variety we waded through the thronged streets towards the Grand Theatre, where we spent another enjoyable hour. We had the pleasure of hearing the well-known Lan- cashire favourite comedian, Mr. George Formby, who was received with loud applause. Now the time had ar- rived for the return journey, so we found ourselves once more on Snow Hill platform. At 12.30 we were stream- ing out of the station homeward bound, after having put ourselves comfortable for the rest of the night. The saloon was in charge of the secretary, Mr. D. J. Harris. After a very tiresome journey we reached home early in the morning, having had an excellent trip. Great thanks is due to the club for the interest it takes in the youths of the v lilage.



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