This photograph is of the Angel Temperance Hotel in Lower Market Street, Newport with a group of men gathered outside. It was found in a bundle of family photographs from Fishguard and so it is assumed that there is a connection to the family – perhaps one of the young men in the photograph was a son. (see A family history through photographs )
A report in the County Echo on the 12th September 1907 tells of an outing by a group of Fishguard bachelors to the Temperance Hotel in Newport – could the photograph be of the very same outing???
As briefly recorded in our last issue, a party of local bachelors spent a most enjoyable afternoon and evening on the Wednesday of that week, despite the somewhat threatening aspect of the heavens.
They drove in a couple of brakes via the Gwaun Valley to Newport, the magnificent scenery on route being greatly admired. At the journey’s end a capital repast was done ample justice to at the Angel Temperence Hotel and subsequently an enjoyable impromptu smoking concert ** held under the presidency of Mr J Wemyss of Penslade whose address was based on the old adage anent, the relationship of wit to brevity. The programme submitted was of varied character, vocal and instrumental items being fairly equally balanced and being received with appreciative applause …………………
County Echo 12th September 1907
** A smoking concert was a live performance usually of music performed with an audience of men only, who would smoke while watching the entertainment.