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LLANDUDNO TRADESMEN MR R» S. OHAMBBRiLAIN'S REMINISCE N CES. Undar the auspices of the Llandudno >, jupardimm and jli-ad-e Protection Society, I about 150 members and friends sat to their I1.6th annual dinner held at the Imperial Hotel, on Tuedasy evening. The dining room had been magnificently decorated Idr the occasion. Mr Alec. G. Moy presided, the vice-chair being occupied by Mr Joseph Winter, The usual loyal tuastd were proposed from the chair, and musically honoured, Mr Den- c jbigh Cooper singing "God Bless the Prince pi Wishes.' Mr John Roberts (Bryn Cejyr) in a racy speech, proposed the toast of the "Navy and Army," and observed that they would be able in the fuiture as they had in the pahst, to give a good account of themselves. Li<?ut. tUoloned Re illy, the local repre- sentative of the National Service League, in responding, paid a. glowing tribute to the late Sergeant-Major J. B. Jones, who was a comrade worthy of the name, and who had given his services, ungrudgingly, far the country. Continuing, Colonel Reiily said it was necessary for this coimtry to copy the example of her more vigilant and power- tfut neighbours, and be prepared with a. real army of at least tie minimum efficiency. Mr R. S. Chamberlain, ajs the guest of tihe evering, proptosekl "'Db.e, TWtri anid Trade of Llandudno." Hie said that per- haps he had a longer experience of Llan- xhtdno and its trade than any other person present. When he arrived at Llandudno Isomething over 40 yeans ago the t-rado of the town was esoellent. and tradesmen were making as much in a month a* they did!, perhaps, in a year to-day. A sixty pound house was let for twelve guineas -week in the summer, and a sitting room and two or three bedrooms in an apartment honre fetched anywhere from eight to 15 guineas a weak (laughter). Of course, the place was a small one then, and the business part- of (Moatvn-street was the upper end. The part opposite Trinity Church was called, he did not know for what reason. "East India- Toaid." and the locality had a. very poor reputation (laughter). The old East India- road, now Lower Moetyn-street, was pro- bably to-day the moslt prosperous part of fciho town (hear. hear). Llandudno had never been "overbuilt." and its state to- L day was as encouraging as over. He really waa pessimistic about it a year or two that the expansion bad been overdone, but events had shown that he was w,rong- (an- clause). The town had been most excellent! v •maraaed bv the Council, and he would ask fill to sink differences and prejudices and to "hurry slowly." Llandudno stood in no tieed of a great impetus or rush: there should be careful consideration of what was •best to be done, and then they should set about doing it in a quiet business-like way (applause). There ,>138 competition nowa- days in every branch of their trade, b'lt he felt he could truthfully say this. that he did Dot know of a single young man who had atiarted business in Llandudno with anv reasonable prospect of success ard who had eome to grief except from his own fault (aP plause). They had a beautiful town, set ir. inoampa-alblfe scenery, and that wes a great asset which did not seem to wear out lap. plause). Two things he would sug.gest as of importance. One was that they should, if (Possible. secure the permanencv of the golf links nn thp West Shore. It should be made impossible for any tramway to spoil that asset of the town (applause). Second- ly, the Great Orme should'be develoood as a site for residences. The town had an asset there which had never been touched up to the present moment, and now there ww a means of access in the tramway. Unfortunately, the cars did not run during the winter. It was worth consideration whether, if the trams could be nm dailv all the year round, the building of houses for orivate resiidients would not soon begin on the Great Orme (applause). T'tr S. Charttrev in responding, said the toowiV had not developed as would be de- sirable in the direction of securing well-to- do private residents, and one rwson might fbe that the place was too quiot in the winter. A building in the nature of a, kur- saal was needed. The pier pavilion would answetf the purpose very wen, if it were inverted for the winter into a sort of pro- menade. with a small band' performing two or three times p. day, one corner as a read- ing room, another as a smoke room, per- haps.. Of course, the place would require heating, but he thought that such a use of the building would brine more rpsidents into their mid'st (aipplause). "Mr ChantreV I nomrolained bitterly of the wretched roads to Llandudno, dire to the neglect of the County Council. The ratepayers of Llan- dudno actually contributed over 00 a year more in county rate? thun thev re- <ceiv'?d back. enuiv«lent tjo li+d »tH the pound on the ratee. and the very least the County Council could do in return for that huge tribute was to see that the roads giv- ing access to the town were adeauate lap- plause). Tb» spenkier added thit the Coun- cil were doincr what thev could1 to flecure the perpetuation of the golf links and con- cluded by urging that a public orien air s<v1- 1 Water lbat.h' should be provided on the beach /applause). ?Mr W. S. Williams, replying to the toast, said that the popular cry lately was "truSt. the people" (laughter). He thought that they as tradesmen did their share of tha)t as a rule—(laughter)—and if it waa not for their secretary he did not know where they would be landed (applause). (Looking back on last season he thought they had much to be thankful for, and that the season was a very fair one in spite of the wer. August (hear, hear) They had an unprecedented nuariber of visitors, but the quality was be- low the standard of the old days; the in- ervitaible result of dumping the industrial class of trippers on their shores. The ad- vent of the democracy had been followed by the eorit of the aristocracy to other more congenial and more secluded retreata. Other causes had contributed, for customs wore changing and the coming of the motor car had revolutionised the good old custom of the wealthy class who uged to patronise their town in the past, when Llandudno bad the reputation of being a high class town, and when a tradesman oould not help making & competence and retire before h", Wae ftfty, to join that much abused "idle rich" to which all the world were aspiring (laughter). Things had ("hanged now, ana business men had to contend with keen competition. He had no objection to healthy, honest, straight-forward conmeti- tion, for he thought it was good for huSS- I

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