“ABSENT FRIENDS”: VOICE FROM 6,000 MILES SPEAKS AT BELFAST DINNER
Belfast Telegraph, Thursday 11th February 1937
Members attending a dinner in Thompson’s Restaurant, Belfast, had the unique experience of listening to a response to one of the principal toasts delivered by a person who was separated from the company by 6,000 miles of land and ocean.
The toast was proposed in the customary manner, and its acknowledgement came from a familiar voice, though the gentleman speaking was at the moment in Johannesburg.
The speaker was Mr. Alec Brown, a director of the Sircocco Works, and well known as an International bowler, who is at present on a business and sporting mission in South Africa.
The speech was reproduced through the medium of a gramophone record. The company enjoyed not only the sentiments of acknowledgement, but the novel manner in which the response was made.