“A TRIUMPH for Wales” – that was the first thing that Mr Gerry Woodward, of St Anne’s Avenue, Penarth, said when he was presented with the Brooke Challenge Cup at Brooke Bond Oxo’s massive national sales convention in London.

Jubilantly he held aloft the handsome trophy for the 1,300 members of the Grocery Sales Force to see.

Mr Woodward is regional sales manager of the company’s Cardiff Tea Coffee Region, and he received the trophy on behalf of the region from managing director, Mr J. S. Hendrick.

The 50-strong Cardiff based sales force won the award for putting up the best sales for P.G Tips and tea bags – some achievement because they were in competition with other regions in the biggest sales force of any company in Britain.

In the process they sold some 4,000,000 cuppas a day throughout last year in an area stretching from South Wales up to Hereford and Gloucester and across to the River Severn.

Said Gerry: “We were particularly helped by the fact that Welsh people always enjoy a good cup of tea.

“That has helped in our battle to increase sales.

“The most prolific tea drinkers are in West Wales – they consume more cuppas there than anyone else.”

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DINAS Powys Parish Council was stunned this week by the bombshell news that a Wiltshire man has claimed ownership of Dinas Powys Common, and land at Crosscommon.

The shock claim is to be strongly contested by the Parish Council, who say they have documents to prove that the land that was given to the Council by the Lee Estates about 25 years ago, to administer on behalf of the villagers.

The Parish Council learned of the claim at their monthly meeting on Monday, when they were informed that a Mr J. Robert Rennie whose address was given as Malmesbury, Wiltshire, had registered himself as the owner of the Common and Crosscommon with Glamorgan County Council.

It is believed in some quarters that the claim may be a hoax.

But the Parish Council is treating it seriously and has asked the Association of Parish Councils’ solicitors to take up the matter on their behalf.

The Parish Council will certainly have unprecedented support from the villagers and many people outside, in their fight.

The Common is the home of organised sport in the shape of local rugby and cricket clubs and widely used by local residents and visitors as a popular recreation area.

It was at one time owned by the Lord of the Manor, General H. H. Lee.

But it has been maintained by the Parish Council out of the local rate fund, ever since they took it over.