South Yorkshire Times and Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 08 August 1942
On Tuesday in the Engineer’s Office at Denaby Colliery, Mr. E. T. Hardy, chief engineer, made a presentation to Mr. W. J. Lawrence, who resigned the position of gas engineer to the company after having held the position for 35 years.
The gift, which had been subscribed for by the management, staff and Surface officials, was an inlaid mahogany barometer and a small silver plated dish for Mrs. Lawrence.
The barometer was inscribed “Presented to Mr. W. J. Lawrence by the Surface Officials at the Denaby Main Colliery upon his retirement after 35 years’ service, 30th May, 1942.
Mr. Hardy expressed the good wishes of all the officials for a happy retirement for Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence and hoped the gifts would often remind them of their associations with the village, and Mr. Lawrence of his colleagues at the colliery who all wished him well. Mr. Lawrence said they had been 35 years happily spent. They had been very happy in the village and he paid tribute to the kindness of the people. He thanked them all for their good wishes and gifts. Mr. H. W. Gillott (foreman electrician) and Mr. W. Cole (Mr. Lawrence’s successor) also spoke.