Vauxhall Motors Fuze Department farewell

Vauxhall factory 1919

On Saturday [November 30th, 1918], the Fuze Department of Vauxhall Motors Ltd ran a very successful farewell evening in the form of a whist drive and dance. It was originally intended to have this on November 2nd, but it had to be postponed on account of the influenza epidemic. As the cessation of hostilities intervened and will mean the closing down of the Department, it now took the form of a farewell evening.

The prizes for the whist drive were won as follows – Ladies: 1 Miss Yates, 2 Miss Branksome, 3 Miss Freeman; consolation, Miss Seaman. Gents – Mr Chandler, Mr Betts, Sgt Octoby, consolation, Mr Canham. The prizes were presented by Miss Prance.

Mr Bolton (Manager), who was in the chair, said he really felt he could not let this opportunity pass without expressing a few words to those who were present for the way they had worked during the past four years. They had had some very happy times in the canteen during the war, particularly in entertaining the wounded boys, but the time had now come when they had to part company and switch over from wartime to peacetime products.

Everybody had hopes the war would finish shortly, but they had not thought the Germans were so thoroughly beaten as to accept practically without a murmur our severe Armistice terms, and so a large number of employees would doubtless find themselves unprepared for so sudden a change.

He however expressed his opinion that all labour from munition works would be absorbed in the work of reconstruction in gthis country and on the continent which for years to come will be enormous.

Mr Bolton congratulated all the staff and employees on the conscientious and thorough way they had worked while under his control. One of the greatest assets in life was luck, and he felt he was more than lucky in gathering round him such a staff as he had. His remarks were supported by the very satisfactory letters of congratulation the Company had received from the Ministry of Munitions.

Mr Bolton wished them success in whatever new work they undertook, and he again regretted parting with them, as it meant losing so many good friends and fellow workers.

A very successful dance, intermixed with games, followed, and the evening was brought to a close at the regulation time in accordance with 'DORA's' [Defence of te Realm Act] wishes.

[The Luton News: Thursday, December 5th, 1918]