During the Lido opening celebrations, a diving
competition was held for children, they had to dive and recover
objects placed on the floor of the pool. The winner was the child
that picked up the most objects. Eleven year old Ernie Simms of
Merthyr Vale was the winner and he was presented with a silver cup
Ernie later began work at the Merthyr Vale
Colliery and he became a Blacksmith. In his spare time he often made
items for fellow miners and also made ‘lucky’ horseshoes for ladies
getting married, he would never accept money for these.
He married Florence in 1942, and they were
together until he died. He lost his hearing, but still continued
working, and eventually became one of the first people to gain
compensation from the National Coal Board for deafness.
I knew Ernie and he made some items for me, we
got on well. He was a very nice man, liked by all.
Florence, 84 years of age now (2008), allowed
Alan George to photograph the cup and she told me about the story.