Bank Holiday Monday

 

Bank Holiday Monday

 

We used to save up for this day for months. One would act as Sc & Treasurer until we got about ten shillings each, about twenty of us had arranged for the day in Ilfracombe. Leave Pentrechwyth at 7’30, boat leaving 8’15 A.M. ‘Velindre’ fare 2/6 later Brighton 3/6 these ships were running for years between Swansea and Ilfracombe, we could get a good dinner for 1/3 and a good tea for 1/0 so we had ample means to spend, not forgetting a present for some-one. After a good day we would meet in the nearest pub to the Pier to sing we would meet many Swansea people there. By the time we would get to the Pier our number would be about 80 all in readiness for the singing. We would always start off with a good hymn, and would not wait long for a conductor. Some one would lead the singing “Comrades in Arms” was a real favourite, as there were visitors from all parts on holiday there. They would all be on the pier ready to see the Swansea boat sail and to listen to the singing, which we always done with reverence, especially the singing of hymns. We would get on to the boat, and with appeals from the Pier for another hymn until she sailed, now as we are leaving the pier, the Conductor would lead us to sing “God be with you till we meet again” every passenger on board new that familiar hymn, and what a rendering of it we gave, arriving at Mumbles pier we would give the crowd another hymn or two and always on arrival at Swansea our old favourite Aberystwyth tune to ‘Jesu Lover of My Soul’. Then the walk home to Pentrechwyth thrilled with days enjoyment.