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Grand Banquet at Porth.


Grand Banquet at Porth. On Thursday evening, Mr Taliesin Hopkins and his noted band of fellows, held a grand banquet at the Imperial Hotel, Porth, in hon- our of Mr Woods, a prominent citizen of Douglas, Isle of Man, Mr Blagborough, the great Yorkshire tenor, and Mr Williams, Bir- mingham. These gentlemen took great inter- est in the Male Voice Party when upon their various tours in England and the Isle of Man during the recent strike. The male party the.light it their duty to shew their apprecia- tion for their services, and invited them down to the Land of Song. The meeting of these three gentlemen and the Rhondda boys was sr-rnething to remember, each and all speaking in the highest terms of Mr Woods, who most corir'.eomly took them in hand when far from the Rhondda. oiVl gave them advice and influ- enced his Douglas friends to rally round rho collier hoys. In the great cause of humanity. they knew that their appeal was worthy of support, HII.I lighi well did they supoprt their noble caus- and many will not roidily forgeti the large sun.s cf money that this well-known party seni. borne during the struggle. The menu Nvi, the highest order, and with a genial chairman and jolly company, a splendid programme was begun. Mr Thomas Griflithst M.E., J.P.. the chairman, proposed the "Health of the Queen," "The Soldiers' Chorus" was given hy the choir, followed by a song by Mr Ludwig Evans, who gave a capital render-1 ing of "The Last Watch." "Onr Guests" was proposed hy Mr T. Hopkins, who, in feeling terms, said he did not know where to begin, as the area and vopc of real kindness was so manifest ibsit he really asked to be excused it he left some of the gems out. (Cheers). The choir and himself had never been on such an errand before, and did not relish the idea ot going, as it were, upon an expedition without bearing any fruit in the way of helping those who were in nead. However, they started.. and dele'iriined to make for Birmingham, where in no time a, host of Welshmen crowded around the singers, one of the chief being Mr Williams. (Applause). Their sympathy and hospitality was unbounded, and everything augured well for a successful beginning. Jfct Wiliams was a member of an old Welsh fami- ly. Every encouragement was given to the party, who spent five weeks in Birminghany at. tbe end of which time they were sorry 10 lenve. (Applause). Afterwards they decided to go to the Isle of Man. When they arrived there they felt rather down-hearted,but as Pro vidence would have it,Mr Woods came to the rescue. and immediately he took over the helm all was (Applause). Mr Woods proved himself a mcst perfect guide to them. Ria infiuence was great, as was shortly afterwards shewn by th elite and aristocratic audiencea they had. Again in Mr Blagl>orough—(cheerej —they found a true friend. Notwithstanding his high position as a vocalist, he stood by them like a man. (Loud applause). He (Mr Hopkins) felt proud of having the company ot those three gentlemen that evening to recipro- cate the good feelings of himself and the party. (Applause). Mr Woods, who upon rising was greeted with tremendous cheers, said he did not d serves that outward and spontaneous recep- tion. This was his first visit to Wales, and if he knew that they treated people as thef treated him. it was no wonder his friends spokt lovingly of the Welsh.It was true he hadtaken an action first in the welfare of the Porth litalf Choir when at Douglas, but he did as if were his duty. He knew of the prevailinj strike, and that thousands of women and children were in want. and, therefore, did hit best for the choir, who benefited and sent largi sums of money home to alleviate the unfortnxx ate suffering. (Loud applause). After a soogj "The Young Brigade," by Mr Tom Mathiasj "Our Visitors and Friends," was proposed ii a short. and concise speech by Mr Willie Wi), liams. Mr David Davies, Carmarthen, respot" ded. A song, "The Midshipmite, was givel by Mr T. Kemp, after which Mr Williams, Bir mingham. was called upon. He said that whd he had done for the choir during their brill sojourn at Birmingham, he did because bA was helping those who helped otherit The object was most deserving. He woml up by saying that the good people of Binning ham were anxious to see the choir again. (Aa. plause). The he;" gave a splendid rendering of "The Spanish Serens,de." following whici Mr Tudor Thomas sang "Sailing Home." TIe "Host and Hostess" was proposed by Connet-4 lov Brooks, and Air John Davies responded A song, "Yr was now rendered by 11' John Davids, and a most enjoyable eveniig was brought to a close by singing "Hen Wig3 fy Nbudau."