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The Mechanical Dinners were an institution at 
Castle Mills.  The first Dinner was held in 1949 
and the last in 1974
.

Having the photo (below) of all attendees at the 21st Dinner it was felt that we should scratch
 heads and see how many can be recognised. 

The main photo has been divided into three to help "saying who is who"--if you can help please email    editornbrinklies.com with your suggestions.

The Editor thanks all those who have given their thoughts

Everybody below in the main photo.

Below are three photos of the 1971 Mechanical Dinner which have been divided into three parts
 in an attempt to try to name as many people as possible.  Only Two in this section are nameless
 

 Left to right
1 H.George Evans 

3 Ron Brown
4 Stewart Young
5 Charlie Halnon
6 John Shaw
7 Mike Barrie
8 Sam McGeorge
9
10 Ian Topple (Kneeling)


Below is the Second picture which is actually the middle of the big picture.
Bob McGill in the middle with Jack Haddock at the back.  Quite a few are still nameless
please help by e-mailing the Editor at  editornbrinklies@aol.com

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1
2
3
4 Bob McGill
5
6 Jack Haddock
8 Clive Thawley
9
10
11
12 Jimmy Grant
13 Alex Boyce
The Five lower ones
1
2
3 Bob Gardiner
4 Charlie Linn
5 Charlie Rutherford
 


This is the right side of the big photo
Joe McDougal is with the glass to his mouth, Jim Finlay to the right. 
Still a few missing names    Help!!!

Top Group
1
2   Ian Renton
3   Danny Hogg
4   Fred Coutts
5
6
7   Joe McDougall
8   Danny Hogg
9   Bruce Stewart
10 Les Corbett
11
12 Bob Hamilton
13
14 Jim Finlay
15 Tom Bartlett

The Bottom Four
1
2
3
4


 

 

 

 

 

1949 Peacock Inn   T.W. Murray
1950 Thistle Inn             R. Clark
1951 Thistle Inn            R. Clark
1952 Thistle Inn             R. Clark
1953 Wee Windaes       R. Clark
1954 Berkeley          J. Graham
1955 Shelbourne   T.W. Murray
1956 Carlton Hotel    J Tucker

 Here is the list of Chairmen 
and where the event was celebrated


1957 Carlton Hotel         G.W. Simmonds
1958 Carlton Hotel         C. Rutherford
1960 Roxburghe Hotel   D.F. Vallis
1961 Carlton Hotel         J. McWilliams
1962 Carlton Hotel         A. Kay
1963 Carlton Hotel         J. Graham
1964 Carlton Hotel         I.D.K. Cameron
1965 Carlton Hotel      
   J. Grant
1966 Carlton Hotel         J. Allwinkle

 

 

1967 Carlton Hotel        J. Tucker
1968 Carlton Hotel        J. Purves
1969 Carlton Hotel         D.A. Air
1970 Carlton Hotel        J. Haddock
1971 Grosvenor Hotel   R. McGill
1972 Carlton Hotel        S. Morris
1973 Carlton Hotel        J. Woods
1974 Carlton Hotel        J. Haddock


Mechanical Dinners started in 1949 and the last one was 1974

below we have thumbnail pictures which can be clicked to a readable size

The years recordings within the NB News are shown for
1955, 1956,  1957,  1958,  1960,  1961,  1962,  1963.  1964,  and 1965


Click here to see these pages 
that we have so far located

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Below are some parts of old programmes for specific years

Please click on the details below to go to the programmes of the actual years 
with names and performers

Chairman ---J McWilliams 1961

Chairman----Jimmy Purves 1968

Chairman ---  Mr. R. McGill 1971

Chairman --- Stewart Morris  1972

Chairman---Jim Woods 1973

Chairman---Jack Haddock 1974

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The 12th Mechanical Dinner Programme 1961
Chairman J. McWilliams





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           The 19th Mechanical Dinner Programme 1968 ( This was worked on to make it readable)

                                               Programme  
                                              In the Chair  Mr J. Purves

Item

1.     John Tucker passes on “The   Hammer & Chain   
              

in attendance            Dicky Bell   & Peter Birkbeck                                    

2.     Platters clatter
midst champ and chatter.

3.     The Queen                     “Thy choicest gifts  in store              
                                                      On her be pleased to pour
                                                      Long may she reign

4.     Singing Session
with leave of absence and opportunity to
     “fill ‘em up again”

5.      The Chairman

6.      A song from Joe Graham with perhaps a
chorus for us

      7   The Laddie from Lancashire                         Wilf Salisbury

      8.   Mr A. (Sandy)  Kay

      9.   With a Banjo on my knee                            John Hobson

     10. A Special Toast to a trio of
                  long term travelers
                                                                            by Mr Jimmie Grant

     11. Mr F. Weber

     12. A Pills up by “ The Six Poor Projects”

                                                                                    Mike Wilson, Dave Taylor,
                                                                      Doug Forbes Jn.George Erskine,
                                                                            Ted Townsend, Jim Allwinkle

                               Followed by   AN INTERVAL OF 10 MINUTES

      13 The tenor with the fine timbre                                     Tom Roberts

      14. Davy drools a ditty and maybe plays

            a bitty, tuneful, droll, and witty              Dave Gardiner

     15  Three Common Compounds                                       Eric Knowles
              Slightly “fired,” do a                                                         Dick Bell
               bloomin turn                                                                     John Shaw 

     16   Mr Tom Lee
                     (from the Market Place)

     17  Some more Sam or Albert ?                                        Wilf Salisbury

   
  18 “Twangalong” with                                      John Robson

           Toast to
                          The Chairman

                                                      Auld Lang Syne

                          Free for All
                                                 Bar open until 12.30am

                         R.I.P.
                                                             

 

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  The 22nd Mechanical Dinner

                                      Programme                                                    

                                                            2

                Chairman               Mr R. McGill

                  Installation of the Chairman 

1      Food Fodder, Frizz and Froth

2              THE QUEEN 

3      Loo   Pay and Leak..........Luxury

4      Community Choral Concerto           All

5             THE CHAIRMAN

6      Vibrant  Vocal Variations                 J Paterson

7      Scintilating  Sumptious  Service      F Coutts

D Forsyth

D Hogg

E Robinson

8      THE FACTORY MANAGER

9      Happy Hoseroom Harmony             A Morrow

D Smith

C Halnon

I Topple

10    Strumming strings in superb style J Hobson

 

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Programme
Chairman         R. McGill

Item
12     The Manager Manufacture

13    The Plucking Picking Percussion Platoon     
                                                                             P Birkbeck
                                                                             M Hamilton
                                                                             S Young

14    The Dynamic,Devastating, Devilmaycare Doonhamers
                                                                             R Bell
                                                                             S McGeorge
                                                                             T Jarron
                                                                             K Hepburn
                                                                             D Russell

15     THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

16     The Classical, Cacophomous, Clockwathers  
                                                                               M C Barrie
                                                                                V Smith
                                                                                R Gardiner
                                                                                D Welch

17     The Royal Masters Readily Render          
                                                                              
I D K Cameron
                                                                               C Rutherford
                                                                                V Smith
                                                                                R McGill

18   
Fantastic Fabulous Factory Finale       Artistes Ensemble                                  
19   
Appreciative Acknowledgement to the Artistes    J C Finlay 
       
     Pressing the Pianoissimo Pedals                        T Cranston

The Marketing of Madeira, Mash, and Mead is Moribund at Midnight    

 

CEUD MILLE FAILTE

"A HUNDRED THOUSAND WELCOMES" How aptly this old Gaelic phrase expresses a message that everyone gathered here tonight is received with open arms.

When one considers the dramatic changes and resdribution of 'Mechanical' personnel in the past year the grand attendance of this 22nd Annual dinner speaks words for the strong bonds of friendship forged in earlier years.

What the future holds for functions of this nature, no one, at this stage really knows--and when a situation of this nature exists --what better philosphy than "Che Sera Sera"--Live for the moment and grasp the opportunities available.

Sit back, relax and ENJOY YOURSELF again

CEUD MILLE FAILTE

The committee M C Barrie Convenor -- but he'll probably deny it P A L Birkbeck buys his wigs from Fortnum and Mason's and organised the entertainment Evans H G Had his cotton socks blessed every day and designed this Years cover. A Malone Stood by his bed and kept McGill in order R McGill No comment but any four letter word will do J Paterson If you enjoyed the meal he chose it--if you didn't enjoy it, McGill chose it I Topple Lied about his age and joined the committee at two year old Now trying hard to balance the books

 
THE CHAIRMAN

Not every illustrious mechanical name is included in the list vof past Chairmen. One such ommission is corrected tonight by the selection of Mr Stewart Morris.

Stewart joined Uniroyal in 1933 and served in Central Engineering until the outbreak of war in 1939.

Service with the Royal Corps of Signals attached to the 51st Highland Division took him through the Middle East campaign (where incidentally he was mentioned in Despatches) then on to Sicily, France and Germany.

He returned to Castle Mills in1946, served in the West block until it was demolished in 1958 to accommodate the New Hose Factory. Tyre division had the benefit of his valued talents until 1968 when on the creation of our Newbridge Plant Stewart returned to the Mechanical division.

A function such as the Mechanical Dinner requires the firm controlling, influence of a tough and durable character and in tonight's choice we have every confidence that the performance of previous holders of the office will be either maintained or surpassed.

THE CHAIRMAN Mr R. McGill

Our worthy Chairman has been all things to all men--we don't know about women --in Uniroyal His interests have included Planning, Traffic, Customer Service, Materials Flow, and Factory Management.

In fact he knows so much about everything that the Company does, that he has now joined the happy band who know "all about everything, and nothing about anything"

Nevertheless, his forthright views on all subjects are provocative and are sure to engender heated response. This attribute is highly useful as it also creates an atmosphere of constructive thought.

And talking about his forthright views brings us to his voice. No one will ever drown Bob with noise. So we will guarantee we will all hear him.

Lastly, and in Bob's favour, we are sure he will chair the Dinner with firmness and aplomb. and that you will all agree he is well worth listening to.

He follows many illustrious Chairmen at the Dinner and will, we are sure be remembered as equal to many and inferior to none.

More power to your hammer Bob, and keep your voice well oiled.

 

 

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The 23rd Mechanical Dinner

                                          Programme                                                                                                                  2

                Chairman               Stewart Morris

      Installation of the Chairman 

1    Loaf of Bread       A Jug of Wine

2    THE QUEEN

3     Time in Loo   Go Now   Not During the Speeches

4     THE CHAIRMAN

5      The Liverpool Scottish                     D Hogg

                                                               R McGill

6       Guest Artistes                                 D B Scatter  

7       THE FACTORY MANAGER

8        Drinking Contest    Round One

9        Hose Room Harmony                     J Morris

                                                                C Halnon

                                                                I Topple

                                                                S Young
10      Pea Break        

 

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Programme
Chairman         Stewart Morris

Item
12       The Managing Director

13       Off the Record                                M C Barrie
                                                                 R H Gardiner
                                                                 V K Smith

14       Drinking Contest  --  Round two

15      The Royal Masters                           J Shaw
                                                                   S Morris
                                                                   R McGill
                                                                   C Rutherford
16      Drinking Contest   Final

17       Sales Talk                                        C K Lewis

18       Community Sing Song

19       Toast to the Artistes                          J C Finlay

 20        Volunteers  !!!

             Auld Lang Syne

 

 THE CHAIRMAN

 

Not every illustrious mechanical name is included in the list vof past Chairmen. One such ommission is corrected tonight by the selection of Mr Stewart Morris.

 

Stewart joined Uniroyal in 1933 and served in Central Engineering until the outbreak of war in 1939.

 

Service with the Royal Corps of Signals attached to the 51st Highland Division took him through the Middle East campaign (where incidentally he was mentioned in Despatches) then on to Sicily, France and Germany.

 

He returned to Castle Mills in1946, served in the West block until it was demolished in 1958 to accommodate the New Hose Factory.

Tyre division had the benefit of his valued talents until 1968 when on the creation of our Newbridge Plant Stewart returned to the Mechanical division.

 

A function such as the Mechanical Dinner requires the firm controlling, influence of a tough and durable character and in tonight's choice we have every confidence that the performance of previous holders of the office will be either maintained or surpassed.

 

 

 

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The 24th Mechanical Dinner 

PROGRAMME   1973

In the Chair Jim Woods  

 

Item                                                                                          Item   

 
  1. Installation of the Chairman
  2. Mince and tatties

    3.  The Queen

  1. Pea – Break---Go NOW
  2. The CHAIRMAN                                J. Woods
  3. .Mr Banjo                                         J.Hobson
  4. Guest Artiste                                     D B Seatter
  5. The FACTORY MANAGER                 W F Nutt
  6. The Schooner race  -  Round 1
  7.  The Royal Masters                           MC Barrie

                                                             S. Morris

                                                             R. McGill

                                                             C. Rutherford

11 ANOTHER pea Break

 

 

  1. Schooner race – Round 2

13. The Managing Director                  A.J. STUART

14  The Minstrel Boy                            A. Dale

15  Whim Slitman                                 D. Hogg

16. Schooner Race –Final

17. Sales Talk                                      C.K.Lewis

18. Community Sing Song

19 Toast to the Artistes                        J.C. Finlay

20 Volunteers !!!

 

AULD   LANG   SYNE

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The Mechanical Dinner of 1974 --the 25th and the last one
In the Chair --- Jack Haddock

 

                               IN REVIVITUM

Those of us who attended last year's Dinner could not fail to be moved by the enthusiasm which greeted the announcement that the 25th Anniversary would be celebrated in 1974 at the Carlton. Not only was it clear that the 25th Dinner would have the support of all of us, but that the celebration should continue in some form or another even though the location, which has been the traditional home of the Mechanical Dinner for nearly fifteen years, might be changed.

Thus we welcome all of you to the 25th Jubilee Mechanical Dinner in the confident hope that we are witnesses of the end of one era and the beginning of another.

THE COMMITTEE

M.C. BA R R I E  R.H. GARDINER R. McGILL D. MILLAR G. EVANS J. HADDOCK 
                                         G. ROBERTSON -Convener.

 

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It is very much to the credit of Jack Haddock that this 25th Jubilee Mechanical Dinner 
is being held, not to mention the following years . What could therefore be more 
appropriate than that Jack take the Chair for this important date.
Jack Haddock’s credentials to fill this office are impeccable. Few of us can claim a
longer and more active involvement with the Mechanical Division, in fact in his 
embodiment the Mechanical Division is alive and living at Heathhall 
To be asked to take the Chair for more than one year is a rare honour ,but one which 
Jack richly deserves. We can confidently expect That he as Chairman, will conduct
 tonight’s proceedings with his customary skill and aplomb

MENU
Scorch Broth and Pate Maison  
Coq au Vin
Choice of two vegetables

Roast and Creamed Potatoes
 Pear Belle Helene

Item 1             Installation of Chairman
Item 2            Mince and Tatties
Item 3            The Queen
Item  4            Pea Break –go now or you may have to hold your piece
 
Item 5            The Chairman                        J Haddock
Item 6             Guest Artiste                         D B Seatter
Item 7            The Factory Manager            S B W Mouat

Item 8             Schooner Race Round 1
Item 9             Resident Minstrel                   J Mc Alister
Item 10           Another pea break  - you can let it go now
Item 11           Schooner Race  Round 2

Item 12           The Managing Director             A.J.Stuart
Item 13           Group Entertainment                 R. Bell
Item 14           Schooner   --  Final
Item 15           Mystery Artiste
Item 16           Vocal                                     Joe Graham
Item 17           Sales Talk                             J. C. Finlay
Item 18           Sing – a- long
Item 19          Toast to the Artistes               J.B. Kiernan
Item 20     Volunteers

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Below are new pictures of the Mechanical Dinner of 1974

Above are Left to Right--Tom Lee, Leo Young of JJ Gillan of Dublin, Jim Finlay 
and Tony Duckett (Sales Manager Footwear)

 

Left to Right --Jimmy Dolan, Walter Nutt,  Sandy Kay, Bob McGill, 
Jim Finlay, Tom Bartlett, Jack Haddock, Paul McDermott

(Jim Finlay tells the Editor that Walter Nutt  Hose Factory Manager is still alive in the U.S.A.
90 years of age but unfortunately has lost his sight)

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