Opening Of The Hoover Factory In Merthyr

Ivor, Shoni, Danny Bowen and his brother.

Ivor, Shoni, Danny Bowen and his brother.

The opening of the Hoover plant was a great day for Merthyr Tydfil and the valleys. The man who officially opened the factory was an ex-miner suffering with Silicosis, Danny Bowen. I remember he and his brother used to go to Margate in the summer and sing in local pubs. They were friends of my Grandfather, Shoni. The photograph shows my father, grandfather and the Bowen boys sitting in a bar in Margate, probably around 1962/63. Danny would make a living out of singing throughout the summer in Margate. My Grandfather used to know some amazing people.