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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,



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