I was at the Trefriw Woolen Mill over the weekend and spotted this letter on a wall. It shows a great glimpse of industrial life at home during WWII and was obviously written by quite a character. "Of course the various flying devices sent over by the enemy have not made things easier."
Here's a transcript:
56 Kingsway, W.C.
27th April, 1945
Dear Mr Williams,
Thank you for your letter of the 28th March
I really must apologise for the delay in replying, but would explain that the letter was placed on my desk whilst I was absent from the office and as the absence extended over a few days it became buried in a pile of drawings.
The present position as regards manufacture is that we are well nigh swamped with work placed with us by the Ministry of Supply and destined for Russia and until these turbines have been cleared off it is very difficult for us to take on other work. However we are hoping that most of the Russian jobs will be through within the next three or four months, and I for one will not be sorry to see the going of them.
Now as regards the re-building of your first turbine I think I can say with every degree of certainty that we should be in a position to tackle the job in about six months' time. I'm sorry that it is not possible to give you a better promise but what with the Ministry of Supply giving us orders and the Ministry of Labour taking away men at the same time, we have had a very hectic time these last few years and really we have done remarkably well to have got through.
Of course the various flying devices sent over by the enemy have not made things easier but I am glad to say that we all managed to keep clear of harm. We have had bombs, flying bombs and rockets all fairly close but none succeeded in upsetting the office for more than an odd day or two.
Kind regards to you and all friends at Trefrew.
Yours very sincerely
M Kennelly [?]
T. E. Williams Esq.,
Vale of Conway Woolen Mills,
TREFRIW. North Wales.