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, created a special Tinplate Trophy, which it presented at a special race meeting to mark Ffos Las’s 10th anniversary last week.
The idea came about after a worker and racegoer at Tata Steel realised that tin was the traditional gift for ten-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’s 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 this, it’s really special. Congratulations to Ffos Las on marking its first ten years – here’s to many more.”
Phil Bell, Executive Director at Ffos Las summed up: “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.”