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Company charted train for workers' trip to Blackpool

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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WITH reference to the Cannon Foundry article in The Bugle (January 2 edition), I have an original letter from the Secretary of Cannon Iron Foundries, dated August 26, 1931.

It is actually a reference for my late father, Arthur Lees (1906-1989) who was applying for a job, possibly at that time with Wolverhampton Corporation Water Undertaking as he worked for them from the age of 25 until he retired aged 65.

I have a commemorative medal marking 100 years of Cannon Iron Foundries 1826-1926.

The front shows a cannon and the reverse, above, has the following words: "Presented by the Directors on the occasion of the company's centenary and to mark their appreciation of services rendered."

I can remember my father talking about his days at the Cannon and speaking most highly of the directors at that time. Obviously, I am speaking from memory but I recall him mentioning an occasion when Cannon chartered a train, or trains, to take all employees for a day out at Blackpool. I do not know if this was to commemorate the centenary or an annual event.

A final memory is of my father saying that Cannon sanitary ware was used to equip trains in India and on the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Jennifer M. Purshouse,

30 Ackleton Gardens,

Bradmore,

Wolverhampton.

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