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LLANIDLOES. RECEPTION OF THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES. Considerable interest was aroused at Llanidloes on the occasion of the Prince and Princess of Wales passing through en i-oitte for Cardiff and extensive preparations were made. At the station the decora- tions were most profuse, and a number of evergreen trees were erected which had been kindly given by Mr Shore (agent of Dol-llys estate) and Mr James Grant (Penrallt). The whole of the lamp-posts were either draped in scarlet or entwined with evergreens, the work being carried out by Messrs Richard and John Jerman. On either side were mottoes, one of which was given by Miss Marshall, Severn View, and was the work of Mr Wm. Crisp. It occupied a very prominent position on the down platform, the wording being God bless the Prince and Pi-incess." Above this upon a large shield appeared the Prince of Wales'plumes, which had been done by Lieutenant Lewis Lloyd and Miss Marshall. The other motto. The Prince and Princess," was placed on the up platform and was presented by Mr Edward Hamer, Plynlimon House, who also gave the small flags that decorated the lamp tops on both platforms. Strung up from side to side were three streamers upon which were hung flags with a wealth of pleasing colours. Two of them, together with other bunting, were sent by Mr George Owen, chief engineer, Oswestry. In addition to the persons named, conspicuous among the many willing workers was Mr H. Dulston, stationmaster, who took considerable interest and pains in the carrying out of the work. The down platform was reserved for those holding compli- mentary tickets, of which there were about 250. and the up platform was thrown open to the general public, many hundreds availing themselves of the opportunity. The children of the National, Board, and Gorn House Schools who were in charge of their teachers, occupied the path from Biyndu bridge. to the signal box on the south side of the station. A number of the public also occupied the bank on the other side. The Borough Brass Band (conducted by Mr. Lewis Rowlands), the Town Council, headed by the Mayor (Mr. A. J. Morris) in his robes of office, and the Borough Member (Major E. Pryce-Jones, M.P.) occupied the centre of the platform, flanked on either side by the local detachment of volunteers as a guard of honour, under the command of Major Hutchins and Lieut. Lewis Lloyd. The district police were also present under the charge of Inspector Lake. The engine was in charge of Mr. Edward Williams, his fireman being lr. Joseph Hampton, and the guard was Mr. Edward Shone, all being from Llanidloes. The Royal train was timed to reach Llanidloes at 10 41. Before entering the station it slowed down, and everybody had a good view of the Royal party. In passing through T.R.H. the Prince and Princess bowed repeatedly in response to the enthusiastic cheering of the onlookers, and the music of the Band which played God save the Queen as the train hove in sight, and God bless the Prince of Wales as it passed through. Miss Jones, daughter of Rev. E. 0. Jones, M.A., Vicar, held in her hand a beautiful bouquet, which she had intended present- ing to the Princess, but failed to do so owing to the window being closed. It was, however, handed to Mr George Owen in one of the carriages as the train slowly passed through the station. On arrival at Talyllyn Junction, Mr C. S. Denniss, the general manager, had the honour of presenting the bouquet to the Princess of Wales, and Her Royal Highness stated, that she was very pleased to receive it; that she had noticed the young lady with it on the platform as the train passed Llanidloes, and regretted she was unable to receive it from Miss Jones herself. Upon the return of the engine in the afternoon, before the decorations had been removed, several photos of it were taken together with those in charge. The Volunteers and Town Band were afterwards entertained to an excellent luncheon at the Trewythen Hotel, kindly given by the Mayor, when upwards of 60 sat down, among those present being Major Pryce-Jones. M.P., and Messrs. J. R. Pryse, Pantdrain and Nicholas Bennett, Glanyrafon. The luncheon having been done ample justice to, the toasts of "The Queen" and "Prince and Princess of Wales were drunk with enthusiasm during the singing of the National Anthem" and God bless the Prince of Wales.Major G. A. Hutchins in proposing the toast of "Major Pryce-Jones, M.P., the Borough member," said he was sure they were all very pleased to see him present, more especially so, as he was an Honorary Major in the Yeomanry, and their interests were identical (loud cheers).— The toast was received with enthusiastic cheering. —Major Pryce-Jones, who on rising to respond was accorded a most flattering reception, said he could assure them he felt it a great honour to be present on that occasion and to have his health proposed so generously as it had been that day. He took that opportunity of congratulating the Llanidloes Corps of the 1st Herefordshire Volunteers upon the very smart and soldierlike appearance they had displayed that morning (loud cheers). He had had the pleasure in the past as an officer in the Mont- gomeryshire. Yeomany of attending a Church parade, in that ancient borough, and he thought it his duty to say that at the Railway Station those that turned out under Major Hutchins and Lieut Lloyd, that the Volunteer service bad been well represented (loud applause). If he might be allowed to trespass a little further, he hoped that the example which the borough of Llanidloes had shewn in serving the country by supplying its re- presentation of Volunteers would be followed at an early date by the other boroughs and towns in Montgomeryshire (applause). He had also to con- gratulate and to express the appreciation of the county of Montgomery on the occasion of their Royal Highnesses passing through the ancient borough of Llanidloes, at the creditable shew of the Volunteers and the compliment paid to the Prince and Princess of Wales by the attendance of the Borough Brass Band (cheers). Although he was aware red coats always attracted the attention of the people and even of Royalty, still without a little music, and such good music as was played that day, the proceedings would have been very tame. As, occupying for the time being, the very responsible trust of representing the important interests of- the Montgomery Boroughs in the House of Commons, he should like to propose the health of the gallant Major, who so ably, by exami- nation, by rank, and by ability filled the very high position in their regiment. He (the speaker) knew that before Major Hutchins came to Montgomery- shire, he belonged to a very crack regiment of Volunteers, and he considered that the 1st Here- fordshire were very fortunate to enlist so good an officer to take his place among them. He concluded by asking the non-commissioned officers and men of the 1st Herefordshire Volunteers to drink his very good health (loud cheers).—The toast was heartily received, Major Hutchins responded in a few appropriate words. Afterwards was sung The land of my Fathers."— Major Pryce-Jones, in proposing the health of the Mayor (Councillor A. J. Morris), said he felt it a great privilege to be asked to do so, representing as he did the Aldermen and Councillors of the borough of Llanidloes. On occasions like that, when soldiers met as soldiers and in the presence of Royalty, politics and religion did not come in (cheers). He should not have had the pleasure of coming there that morning if it had not been for the kind invitation of the Mayor and Councillors. He could scarcely say how very pleased he was to join with them, the Volunteers and the Corporation and population of Llanidloes, in showing respect to the Royal party while passing through that ancient borough. If he might be allowed to say, those who had the privilege of going to Aberystwyth the previous day must have been greatly struck by the brilliant gathering. At the University all Wales were assembled in order to instal as first Chancellor of the University no less a personage than H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, who some day we hope will reign over this great Empire of ours (loud cheers). He desired therefore, on his own behalf and on behalf of Major Hutchins, Lieut. Lloyd, and the Volunteers, to thank the Mayor for the hospitality he had shown to them that day, and to wish him health and strength in his capacity to make the town prosperous in the future (loud applause). —The toast was well received, the company singing For he's a jolly good fellow."—Private Chris. Roberts, on rising to propose The health of Lieut. Lloyd," said it gave him the greatest pleasure to propose the health of their lieutenant, who had done so much in the interests of the K Company of the Llanidloes Detachment. He thought as an officer it would be hard to find his equal—(loud cheers)-and had it not been for his endeavours, they would not have been placed in such a high position as they were that day. He hoped that every man present would appreciate his endeavours to make the Company efficient (applause).— He described Lieut. Lloyd as a soldier from his shoes up, and he was of opinion that if they had more officers of his stamp they would have a Volunteer Corps and Band second to none in Wales (loud cheers).—The toast was received with musical honours. Lieut. Lloyd thanked them one and all for the way they had received his toast. He did not think he deserved all that had been said, buifc he always endeavoured to do all he could in the interests of the Volunteers and the Borough Brass Band (loud cheers).—Although he was not sure how long he wvuld be amongst them, as he had to look out for work the same as everyone else (laughter), he could assure them he would always be pleased to do what he could (cheers). He, as Lieutenant, felt I highly honoured that day to appear with them as a guard of honour to the Prince of Wales, and he thought they ought to be extremely thankful to Major Pryce-Jones for coming amongst them that day (loud cheers).—Private Evan Davies also spoke. Major Hutchins in proposing the toast of The Band" coupled with it the Band Master, Mr Lewis Row- lands. The toast having been duly honoured, Mr Lewis Rowlands and Mr Charles Owen. responded. The toast of Mr J. R. Pryse, Pantdrain," was also well received. The meeting closed with the singing of God bless the Prince of Wales."








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