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Presentation of the Freedom of the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil to Arthur Lewis Horner

Arthur Lewis Horner is honoured in the most prestigious way by being granted the Freedom of the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil.

Amateur film 1959 13 mins Silent

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A special parade, ceremony and luncheon is held in Merthyr in recognition of the outstanding contribution to miners’ working lives made by Arthur Lewis Horner, a communist trade union leader. Horner was President of the South Wales Miners Federation 1936-46 and, from 1946-59, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers. On his retirement he was awarded the Freedom of the borough he was born and brought up in.

Filmed by the Quakers' Yard Grammar School Film Unit