L.E.S.S.A. Barking Area 7th annual dinner and dance
Programme for the London Electricity Sports and Social Association (L.E.S.S.A.) Barking Area seventh annual dinner and dance. Held at the Assembly Hall, Barking on 15th April 1972. Belonged to William John Mundy (deceased), father of depositor, who worked at Barking Power Station until its closure in 1981.
King George V opened the coal-fired Barking Power Station in 1925 although it had been running for some months before this official ceremony. It was built to provide electricity for a large part of Essex as well as for part of Kent and, by the time its four separate sections were completed, it was the largest steam powered station in Europe with a total output of some 100 megawatts of electricity. This electricity was fed into the National Grid for general consumption.
The site, where River Road, Barking, meets the Thames, was chosen because it was easily accessible for the constant stream of coal ships bringing deliveries.
Importantly, there was no shortage of coal during World War II which allowed the crucial energy supply to continue. From 1935, emergency coal stocks were built up at Samuel Williams's Dagenham Docks during the summer for use by several of the Thames-side power stations during the winter. The station also escaped serious bombing – thought to be, in part, because of the smoke it produced which obscured the buildings themselves and offered some protection to the nearby factory of Fords.
Although the unloading of the coal and its delivery into the boilers was mechanical, there was much dirty, heavy and dangerous work to be done such as cleaning the boilers out and lagging the huge pipes. As a result, the Station did not take female employees before 1940. Until then, even the clerical and secretarial work had been done by men. Fine coal dust covered everything, including the contents of the offices.
At its height, Barking Power Station ran its own football and cricket clubs and had a darts team but with the decline in coal-produced electricity, the Station started a redundancy programme in the 1970s and finally closed in November 1981. The buildings were then demolished.
Today, another new Barking Power Station exists, sited in Chequers Road, Dagenham, beside the Breach. Construction started in March 1992 and it took 2000 people three years to build.
Single sheet of card folded in half. The front cover shows a scroll of old paper printed with the dedication in blue. A pink rose and bud lays diagonally across the top left of the scroll. Set on a pale blue background. The centre pages are printed in blue, and list the menu, the order of toasts and the dance programme. The back cover is blank except for the word ?autograph? in blue at centre top.
Whole length: 222mm
Typescript Printed On front: L.E.S.S.A. BARKING AREA PRESENT THEIR 7TH Annual Dinner & Dance Held at THE ASSEMBLY HALL, BARKING. On 15th APRIL, 1972 Chairman: Mr. R. E. STEWART C. ENG. F.I.E.E. M. INST F. M.B.I.M.
Typescript Printed On centre pages: Menu Asparagus Soup Fried Danish Plaice au Citron Braise Steak Orly Mushrooms Roast and Creamed Potatoes Garden Peas and Buttered Carrots Raspberries and Cornish Ice Cream Cheddar Cheese and Dinner Biscuits Coffee French Sticks toasts H. M. The Queen Proposed by M R. E. Stewart, C. Eng. F.I.E.E. M. Inst. F. M.B. I.M. Stn. Supt. Barking The visitors Proposed by Mr. R. E. Stewart Response by Mr. A. E. Knight Secretary & Treasurer L.E.S.S.A. The ladies Proposed by Mr. J. Pellatt. C. Eng F.I.E.E. M.B.I.M. Deputy Stn. Supt. Barking Programme DANCING TO RAY NORMAN and his BAND Cabaret CAVALCADE Your M.C. for the Evening Mr. OLIVER SUTTON
Entry Number 1684/2 (2007-04-23)