Tata creates spe­cial Tin­plate Tro­phy

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

dur­ing busy race-days and has walked the length of its 12-fur­long track dur­ing its quiet times.

He added: “I have al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the arith­metic of the rac­ing form, and by the fact that race cour­ses have their own unique char­ac­ters.

“The horses are al­ways fas­ci­nat­ing to watch, and there is, of course, the sport­ing as­pect of race days and the chance to pit your wits against the book­ies. If you come out of the day with a profit that’s great, but there is al­ways that sense of com­mon pur­pose in the crowd – to beat the book­ies.

“And peo­ple love go­ing to the races be­cause it has a touch of glam­our – if you are some­where like Royal As­cot you can see royals RACE-GO­ERS will have heard of the Chel­tenham Gold Cup and the Sil­ver Tro­phy Hand­i­cap Hur­dle – now there is the Ffos Las Tin­plate Tro­phy – minted in Ti­nop­o­lis thanks to Tata Steel.

The global steel gi­ant, which has a tin­plate plant in Trostre, has cre­ated a spe­cial Tin­plate Tro­phy af­ter it learned that Ffos Las would cel­e­brate its 10th an­niver­sary on June 20 with a spe­cial race evening.

The idea came about af­ter a worker and race­goer at Tata Steel re­alised that tin was the tra­di­tional gift for 10-year an­niver­saries.

The idea of pre­sent­ing a Tin­plate Tro­phy to Ffos Las as a 10th an­niver­sary gift was then mooted.

The re­sult­ing Tin­plate Tro­phy, com­plete with a Welsh Dragon de­sign and forged at nearby Trostre Works, was pre­sented to Ffos Las Gen­eral Man­ager Si­mon Row­lands by Joe Gal­lacher, Works Man­ager, Trostre Works.

Joe said: “Many of our Trostre staff reg­u­larly visit Ffos Las so when we heard it was their 10th an­niver­sary and the ob­vi­ous link with tin, as a fel­low lo­cal busi­ness, we wanted to do some­thing spe­cial to help them cel­e­brate. And what bet­ter way than with a Tin­plate Tro­phy.

“We were happy to cre­ate the Tin­plate Tro­phy to show­case some of the skills we have at the works in Llanelli and to help an­other lo­cal busi­ness cel­e­brate 10 years of suc­cess.

“Trostre tin­plate can be found all around the world, but when you see it get­ting used lo­cally, like

rub­bing shoul­ders with dust­men. Many peo­ple are nos­tal­gic for an era when peo­ple would go along to the races in hats, gloves and suits and ties. Things have changed a lit­tle since then, but on big rac­ing days you still see peo­ple re­ally mak­ing an ef­fort and dress­ing up.

“I also own a very small stake in a horse – per­haps a sin­gle fet­lock. And I did have two win­ners on my last this, it’s re­ally spe­cial.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ffos Las on mark­ing its first 10 years – here’s to many more.”

Phil Bell, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor at Ffos Las, said: “We would like to sin­cerely thank Joe and Tata Steel for giv­ing their time and ex­per­tise so gen­er­ously and for cre­at­ing this fine tro­phy.

“Like them, we are very proud to be a part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity here in South West Wales and we know many of our sup­port­ers are lo­cal - and a num­ber of them work at Trostre.

“I know they feel a real sense of al­le­giance to­wards Ffos Las.

“We are grate­ful for their con­tin­ued sup­port and we hope they en­joyed some good luck in our 10th an­niver­sary races!”

visit to Ffos Las – the favourite in the last race – I won the princely sum of £8.75.”

Phil Bell, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor at Ffos Las, said: “The Ffos Las story is still un­fold­ing, and I be­lieve its best days are still ahead, but I’m de­lighted to see the story so far be­ing doc­u­mented so ex­pertly, thanks to Jim.”

Ffos Las, The Birth of a Race­course, is avail­able to buy for £8 at Ffos Las Race­course.

The Ffos Las Tin­plate Tro­phy.

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