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Letterston Sports.


Letterston Sports. UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS. Fine weather on Saturday afternoon last enabled a crowd of somewhere about 1,500 spectators to reach Letterston for the very popular annual sports. The downnfall in the forenoon put haymaking out of the question, and thus a goodly number of the agricultural community mingled with the enthusiasts of sport from railway and harbour works, and the scores :who came in by excursion train from Carmarthen and other up-line towns. The event was of the kind to attract the people from far and near, while the entries and the number of eveuts exeeeded those- of any previ- ous year. The field at the rear of Court Honse, and kindly lent by Mr J. W. Morris, suited the sports capitally; and the committee, to their credit be it said, had left no stone un- turned to bring the sports to a successful issue. If one more than another should be singled out for special mention, it must be Mr W. Jenner, who was indefatigable from start to finish. The officials were:—Messrs. E. P. Mathias (St. David's), J. J. Sweeney, J. Watts, J. H. L. Yorke, Hugh Thomas (Haverfordwest), and J. Owen, Carmarthen. The Chairman of Com- mittee was Mr G. C. Churchward, agent to Sir Thomas Firbank hon. secretaries, Messrs. W. Jenner and A. H. Lewis, and the treasurer Mr J. Morris. Some very exciting cycle racing was wit- nessed, particularly in the two mile open handicap, when Scowcroft, of the Pendre Works, won after a very close and hard- fought contest on his "Runaway," built at the works of Mr T. Williams. But notwith- standing the enthusiasm of the onlookers, their behaviour was in every respect exemplary. Released from the throes of a week's duty and armed with the hard earnings therefrom, the average son of toil lets himself go a little on such occasions, but it must be said that a better behaved crowd has rarely if ever gathered at sports than that at Letterston on Saturday, and the police duty was in con- sequence rendered easier on that account. Indeed, every one concerned, oliieials- and committee, police and spectators, and com- petitors, are deserving of commendation for the unalloyed pleasure the sports afforded. No less than tS were taken in excess of last year's receipts, or the goodly total of £ 27. It should be stated that the result of the ladies' walking contest gave rise to a must unexpected controversy among the fair pedes- trians. Thus, from the quarter least expected came, not exactly discord, warm discussion, as to which of the two foremost in the walking match was entitled to first place. Miss Lewis, Barnard's Hill, was first past the post, but objections were raised that she broke into a run at one part of the course. This was sustained, and so first prize was awarded Miss Edwards. Both fair contestants were in capital trim, and the time occupictl re- markably good. The episode was more in the nature of a storm in the teacup" than any- thing else. During the proceedings the Maencloeliog Brass Baud discoursed a selectiou of music in capital style. There were several other features worthy of mention. An ingeniously constructed con- trivance of timber in the centre of the held and made to revolve, showed the event to take place and the result in large figures so that everyone knew exactly the state of progress. Perhaps, of the varied programme, nothing promoted more hearty good humour and keener interest than the tug-of-war events. All the bone and muscle procurable on railway and harbour works were brought into the fray. For weeks' past the Goodwickiaus have practised every evening under that able trainer, Mr Sansome, of the Pier Works. The teams were the "Railway Boys," Goodwick Warriors," theIlaverdfordwest "Runners," and the redoubtable Invincibles, the latter being Mr Sansome's champion war team. Standing with the cable in hand, the teams looked remarkably fit and well. The several heats resulted in the "Warriors" and "In- looked remarkably fit and well. The several heats resulted in the "Warriors'' and "In- vincibles" getting into the final. Each captain has his own particuhar method of urging ou his team but it was pretty clear from the onset that between the "Invincibles" and their captain there was that pefeet under- standing and confidence which know of no defeat. The "Invincibles" correctly inter- preted every gesture, every move of their com- mandant who, after the word go was given, had the situation pat. With both arms and body outstretched,bent forward,facing his men the while he.commenced, Take 'em awav boys! take 'em away!" The other captains used similar expressions, but ineffectually. However, the "Invencibles" did not, as it were, take their opponents away and wipe the iloor with them as though a feather bed I was attached to the other end of the rope, yet slowly and surely they gained bit by bit, without conceding an inch of territory the while, until at length their opponents had no alternative but to be dragged away willy nilly" one after the other. The toughest team the victors had to contend with was the "Warriors," comprising in the main the blacksmiths and fitters on the Harbour Works. If they had not quite the avoirdupois of their comrades, they possessed biceps of steel, and held on like grim death for sometime. The Railway Boys (of the new railway) made a tirai stand but were unequal to the supreme test. Some seemed to think that the trium- phant war whoop, "Take 'em away boys!" was the secret of the whole business, bnt, grit, weight, and muscle were features to be reckoned with. Encouragement was also lent to the contestants by the presence of several of the officials. Mr Raymond, Carpmael of the Harbour Works, evinced thorough interest, and Mr Churchward was no less active in respect to the "Railway Boys." Nor must the musicians be overlooked. The Maenclochog Brass Band discoursed some very lively airs in good style, and it was pleasing to note that the committee patronised, on this occasion, a home industry," an example other organiza- tions ought to follow in order to encourage local enterprise which involves much expense and time. The sports of 1905 as a whole hold the record both as regards enjoyment and financial success. The following is a list of events and prize- winners 1-0 yards open for buys under lo. First prize, keyless watch (presented by Mr E H Muat, U'west), second 5s, third 2s 6d. 1st, Tottie Richards 2nd, J Morgan; 3rd, James Lewis, St Davids. 120 yards open handicap flat race. First prize 40s, second 20s. 1st, G John, H'west 'ilÙ. Fred Williams, H'west. ULle mile open handicap bicycle race. First 60s, second —1st S Y oun. Llaugolman (by a wheel): 2nd, Dai Davies, Wolfscastie. 100 yards scratch fiat race, open to employees of new railway. First, pair of trousers, v:tlue los 6d, presented by Mr J Lawrence, tailor,Letter- ston.—1, W Shorter, Letterston. 220 yards open fiat handicap race. First 4U, second 20s.—1, T R Thomas, HVest; 2nd, J M Thomas, U'west. One mile walking race, open to employees of new railway. Prize, suit of clothes to measure, value 85s, presented by Mr Evan Davies, London House, Letterston second 103.-1. John Evans, 2, Henry John, Letterston. One mile open scratch bicycle race. First 40s, second -0s.—1, Dai Davies, Wolfscastie; 2, T Scowcroft, Letterston. High jump, open. First 20s.—1, Sam Thomas, Carmarthen 2, T Lewis, St Davids. Obstacle race (walk a lap, iun lap, and cycle a lip). First 10s, second 5s, thud 2s lid.-I, Dai Davies, Wolise^istle; 2, F R Thoin is, IPwest; o, T Sowcrofb. One mile handicap bicycle race (open to those who have not previously won a tirst prize, and residing within six miles of Letterston). First 15s and gold medal presented by Mr W Jenner, second lUs.—1, C Lawrence, Letterston; 2, A Ferguson, Letterston. 120 yards open handicap hurdle race. First 40s, second 20s.—1, Sam Thomas, Carmarthen; 2, Fied Williams, H'west. Two mile open handicap bicyclemee. First, GO, and a silver medal with gold centre, presented by J J Sweeney, Esq.; second, 20s; third, lCs.— 1, T Scowcroft 2, Dai Davies, Wolfscastie o, T Thorne, Spittal. 440 yards open handicap race. First 40s, second 2!is, thiid 10s.—1, F R Thomas, M'wcst; 2, W D James, Prendergast; 3, W A Williams. Tug-of-war.— 1, Goodwick Invincibles. One mile scratch bicycle race, open to employees of new railway. First 40s (presented by Mr W Jenner, Letterston), second iU, third 10s.—1, A Ferguson, Letterston; 2, J as Ford, Letterston; 3, H Gowing, Letterston. L:dics' walking race. First, lady's costume, value 25s, presented by Mr Owen, Nott House, Carmarthen second, set of china, presented by Sir A Shunlebutham.-1, Miss Edwards, Mill flank, ll'west 2, Miss E Lewis, Barnard's llill. One mile handicap bicycle race (open to bona lide owners and riders of "Runaway" cycles) First, silver watch second, silver albert prizes -given by Mr-Williams, Pendre C'yle Works.— 1, T Thorne, iSpittal. Two mile open trotting race, any height. First, silver cup, value ;[ 10 10s, presented by Mr W llart, Jubilee Hotel, Letterston (cup to be won twice in succession, or three times ia ail), holder of cup. Mr L D Griffiths, Priskiily second, third, driving whip, value 10s 0.1 (presented by Messrs J & T Miles, saddlers, Letteistoii).-I, inli- L D Griffiths, Priskiily (Kitty); 2, Mr A lJavaus, Wolfscastie (Post Girl); 3, Mr W 11 Jones, SL D ivid's (Itees). Two mile open fiat race, any height. First 63s, second 21s. — 1, Mr P Lewis, Mydriiu (Tally Ho); 2, Mr Colby Evans, Carmarthen (Duck W;;ddie). One-and-a-half mile-' trotting race (open 14.2 hands and under). First 63s, second 21s. — 1, Mr L D Grilliths, Priskiily (Baby) 2, Mr Rees, Treginnon (Daisy Bell). One mile lilt race for ponies, 13 2 hands and under. First 20s, second 10s.—1, Mr H Williams, Mydiirn (Country Girl) 2, Mr Richards, Pem- broke (Pembroke Lass). Donkey race. First 10s, second 5s.—1, Hubert Wilco: Peup:uk 2, Owen Evans, Puucheston. THE CONCERT. Mr Churchward's debut as chairman of a concert at Letterston proved a complete success after the sports on Saturday last. The School was p icked in every part, it may be said without fear of contradiction that had the place been double the size there would have been plenty of patrons to fill it. For a Letterston concert the best of order was maintained from start to finish, indeed, we do not remember a more orderly gutheiing under such auspices as obtained oil the occasion under notice. There is always one very excellent feature in local conceits, that is generous appreciation,which also spells encourage- ment in large letters. Of course,it is not expected to find Pattis and Albanis and Butts in abund- ance in sparsely populated districts, but there is that dominant feature of everyone doing his or her best—no one c 111 do more—and herein he- the elemenl which arouses due appieication. Mr A J llodges was accompanist of the evening and Miss James open the programme with a neatly e\eciilt-d I)i;iiio -olu. The vocalists wete Messrs (J Ac 11 and Richards, Miss UtrJ, Mr W J Mori is, Miss 11 u!chins, D J Richaids and Mr Nesbitt, all of whom gave in capital style,souie pleasing .songs. A lie trty vote of thanks were accorded the Chair- man and all who Look part, aud the singing of tne National Anthem closed the joyous proceedings.

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