Swansea and Port Talbot Docks History

Swansea Docks Retirement Presentations

Retirement presentations in the impressive Harbour Office boardroom were an established event at Swansea, with the event usually being recorded on camera. Many of these are shown below.

Engineering staff retirements and severance are shown here.


Forty years at Swansea Docks, Cargo Foreman Albert Palmer received a wallet and some notes from the chief Docks foreman Mr. Syd Osboren on behalf of his workmates.

Alberts retirement function

Chief Docks Manager W Jeffers presenting retirement awards in September 1958 at the Harbour Office, Swansea boardroom. Included are Shunter Ernie Beynon whose son Alan (also a Shunter in later years) kindly provided us with this photo, Permanent Way Inspector Bill Lewis, Charles Devonald, Cyril Guppy & Shunter Leslie Voyle.

Docks Manager E A C Howells presenting a Retirement Certificate in the Harbour Office Boardroom, Swansea (c.1960)

Docks Manager E A C Howells making a presentation to Mr. Albert Hopkins upon his retirement in 1962. Also included, from left to right, are:- Les Thomas, Kay John, Horace Balsdon, Unknown, Bryn Henson, Hugh Jones, Olive Berry, Unknown, Cyril Jenkins, Bill Boatfield, Unknown, Beryl Cole and and Bill Faraday

Above is a copy of Albert Hopkins’ retirement certificate, together with a cutting from the South Wales Evening Post dated 14th September 1962

Bessie Bevan’s retirement presentation in 1982

Kneeling left, Suzanne Boyd and right, Hilary Hughes. Front row, left to right:- Betty Badwick, Hazel Ball, Bessie Bevan, Wendy Williams, Karen Williams & Lesley Phillips. Back row, left to right:- Pat Wallis, Maureen Luxton, Maureen Thomas, Connie Nichols, Pat Jones, Denise Jewel, Jacqui Harris & Christine Johns.

Dic Williams, Tom Wilkinson (Port Manager), Bessie Bevan, Brian Flower and Bob Collins.

Eddie Sparkes Retirement Presentation, 1982. Included in the picture are Paul Ellery, Peter Thomas, Alec Hitchings, John Heap, Eddie Sparkes, Sid Griffiths, Mrs. Sparkes, Brian Harris, and Bryan Thomas.

Bill Faraday receiving his retirement tray from Bill King in 1980. Also included in the photo are Trevor Charles, Sid Griffiths, Cyril Jenkins, Peter Jones and Jack Taylor.

John Edwards retirement after 38 years’ service in 1981. Left to right:- Brian Flower (Port Engineer), Ken Williams, Hilary Hughes, Connie Nichols, Barbara Chudleigh, John Edwards , Ron Warner, Maureen Thomas & Bob Collins.

Presentation of retirement trays by Tom Wilkinson, Port Manager, 1982 Included in the photo with Tom Wilkinson are Aubrey Adams, Bessie Bevan, Wilf Davies, Eirwen Hall (receiving tray), Gwyneth Lang and RowleyThomas.

Cargo foreman Peter Ellery retires. Left to right:- Derek Rowlands, Bob Collins, Peter Ellery, Ingrid Davies and Bill Davies.

Retirement of Dock & Harbour Master Capt. Tom Boyd in 1990. Ivor Lewis, Bill Tomkins, Capt. Tom Boyd, Glyn Morgan, Kevin Hughes and Graham Green.

John Thomas’ retirement. Left to right:- Colin Sheppard, John Thomas and Capt. Mike Ingamells, Dock & Harbour Master.

Colin Sheppard presenting a silver tray to Port Manager Dic Williams upon his retirement in 2000.

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