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County Express
incorporating
BRIERLEY HILL, STOURBRIDGE, KIDDERMINSTER & DUDLEY NEWS
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE & EAST WORCESTERSHIRE CHRONICLE


No. 140.] SATURDAY, 4th., SEPTEMBER, 1869 [ PRICE ONE PENNY

DISTRICT INTELLIGENCE
BRETTELL LANE

VISIT OF MESSRS. WEBB’S MEN TO THE WOLVERHAMPTON EXHIBITION.— On Monday last, Messrs. T. Webb and Sons, of Dennis Park Glass Works, gave their workmen their annual treat, which this year took the form of a visit to Wolverhampton Exhibition. The workmen, numbering about 130, assembled in front of Dennis Hall at nine o’clock in the morning, where they formed a procession, and headed by the band of the Xvth Staffordshire Volunteers, proceeded to Brettell Lane railway station. They here took a train for Wolverhampton, arrived about twelve, and having paraded some of the principal streets, sat down to an excellent dinner, at the Severn Stars Inn, served up by the landlord. They then spent the afternoon in the exhibition, very great interest being taken in the specimens of the industrial arts, and especially those of local manufacture. At half-past five the company met outside the exhibition and returned in a procession to the Sever Stars. Mr. Walter Webb was called to the chair, and Mr. Broughton to the vice-chair. The Chairman, who on rising was received with loud cheers, said it gave him much pleasure to again attend a meeting of such importance as the present. He was sure these meetings were calculated to increase harmony, peace, and unity among the workmen. He must congratulate them on the fact that they were making more full time than any other glass works in the district. He made reference to the exhibition and commended the men in their superior skill and taste in glassmaking, cutting, and engraving. He particularly endeavoured to impress upon the minds of the boys who were present the necessity of perseverance, and expressed a hope that they might become as good, or even better workmen than their seniors. The chairman having proposed the usual loyal and patriotic toasts, the Vice-chairman proposed a vote of thanks to their employers for their kindness, with an expression of his hope for their future success, and his desire that they might be always respected and esteemed by their men, as they were at present. He also proposed the health of Mr. Thomas Webb. He was one of the old stamp, always social with his men, and when there was anything wrong, he was the man to put it right. If they had more like him, it was his opinion that there would be far less disputes in trade than at present. He was happy to say the sons were following his example, and that they did everything in their power for the benefit of the employes. This toast was drunk with loud cheers and musical honours, and was followed by that of Mr. And Mrs. Wilkes Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Webb, and Mr. Walter Webb, all of which were equally honoured. Mr. Walter Webb in responding rejoined that through industry they had acquired such fame. —Mr. Nicklin made a lengthy speech on the progress of the glass trade, which was listened to with great attention and frequently applauded.—Messrs. Bowater, Merchant, and Parkes sang several melodies during the evening. Mr. Lester gave a cornet solo, which greatly tended to enliven the proceeding. After votes of thanks to Mr. J. E. Cartwright, for supplying to us a report of the proceedings, and to chairman and vice-chairman, the band played the National Anthem. The company returned to the station and arrived at Brettell Lane by ten o’clock, when they separated highly pleased with the days excursion.