|Jubilees at Mawdsley's Ltd|
Two important years in Mawdsley's lifetime were marked by Jubilee celebrations at the Dursley site, these being the Golden Jubilee in 1957 and the company's 70th anniversary, coinciding with the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The year of the company's Silver Jubilee in 1932 was in the height of the depression and probably not celebrated with any gusto.
1957 was a somewhat formal occasion, marked by large marquees being set up in the grounds and speeches being given by Directors and invited guests alike. Tours of the works were given to view the workings of the factory and to examine the products, both old and new. Awards were also given to long-service employees and trophies presented. This year was also significant in that it marked the completion of Phase II of the reorganisation and rebuilding of the armature shop.
1977 was a grander affair, when the gates of the factory were thrown open to all employees, families and friends. Despite pouring rain, over 2000 visitors toured the works, viewed product displays and audio-visual films of the products in use. Other attractions included the 1925 "Lord Nelson" fairground traction engine (equipped with Mawdsley's generator), the Stinchcombe Silver Band, children's roundabouts and skittles. All-in-all, a good day was had by all!
A copy of the 1977
Open Day brochure is available for download in PDF format.