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BRITON FERRY. I On Saturday last an interesting function took place at Messrs. Taylor and Soils, Ltd., Briton Ferry. A few weeks ago the firm decided to hand over the old board room in Victoria- street to their employees to be used for educational and recreation purpo- ses. Under the personal supervision of Mr. Fred J. Taylor, the managing director, the room has been renovated and fitted up with electric light. An ambulance class haa already been formed far men and women, the in- structor being Mr. J. Shipton, G.W.R. who has excellent qualifications, and already over 30 have enrolled. Last Saturday the hall was formal- ly opened by a social gathering of the employees and a concert and danoe, and all were invited to partake of an excellent repaat provided by Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Taylor, Oakwood. During the interval an opportunity was taken by Messrs. Taylor and Sons to make a presentation to Mr. John Parry, moulder, their eldest employee, who has been in the service of the firm for over 54 years. An interesting fact in connection with Mr. Parry is that during the whole of that long period he has only lost four quarters. Mr. Fred Taylor, in a few well chosen words, spoke of the appreciation and affection felt by the members of the firm for Mr. Parry, and recalled the high regard in which he' was heid by his late father, when lie was at the head of affairs. Mrs. Taylor then made the presentation, which consisted of a gold watch, suitably inscribed. Mr. Parry, who was much affected thanked tba donors in a few words, and re- marked upon the cordial relations whioh had always existed between the firm and their employees during the last 50 yoars, and stated that Mr. Fred Taylor was doing everything he eb-,tld ,.io better the conditions of those in his employ. A very pleasant even- ing terminated with dancing until mid- night, Mr. D. LloTvelyn acting as M.C.


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