Celebratory Dinner

On 29th December 1884, the directors held a celebratory dinner, for all employees, in the Corn Exchange at the Town Hall; an event described in detail in the Loughborough Herald and North Leicestershire Gazette on 3rd January 1889:

Treat To Workforce – A supper was provided at the Town Hall by Mr. W.C. Burder on Saturday last for the workmen employed at the horticultural works and foundry. About 160 tickets were distributed and the lecture room soon after 6.30 was well filled. Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Burder and Mr and Mrs A. Burder were present; and also the office staff in connection with the firm. The repast consisted of hot joints, plum puddings, etc., after which pipes, tobacco and spirits were placed upon the tables. Upon the clothes being removed Mr. Burder, who occupied the chair, said how much pleasure it gave himself and Mrs. Burder to meet the men and that he trusted they would enjoy themselves. They had not come there to make speeches, and therefore the programme of music and songs would be at once commenced. Mr. Cunningham’s glee party were in attendance, and rendered various glees in good style. Songs were also contributed by some of the workmen, causing much merriment, and the choruses were heartily taken up by the company. Master T. Monk played several pieces on the piano in the intervals, and also accompanied the songs. Before the programme was concluded Mr. Burder, in the course of a brief but felicitous speech, said that it had always been the desire of himself and brother since their coming amongst them some thirteen years ago to do anything in their power for the welfare of those in their employment, and he was pleased to think that both masters and men had worked together in harmony, there not having been a single hitch between them. He concluded by wishing all a happy new year. Before concluded by wishing all a happy new year. Before Mr. Burder and his brother, with the ladies, withdrew. Mr. Brooks proposed their health, which after being seconded in a few humorous sentences by Joseph Price, the oldest workman, was enthusiastically drunk with musical humours, and shortly after the company separated, having spent a most enjoyable evening. The catering was in the hands of Mr. W. Wootton, and was carried out in the usual creditable manner.

Town Hall, Loughborough