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Milestone 1949

Another milestone 
... a new member of staff 

It was the year that Sylvia Symmons  (to whom this website is also dedicated) joined the staff at the Neath Empire.   It was after working as an usherette, on ice cream sales and in the ticket office that, at the age of 20,  she became a projectionist - one of the four in the projection room.   Sylvia was the first known lady projectionist in the UK - certainly in Wales.    It was likely that there may have been others in other parts of the UK in the war years to replace some men in H.M.Forces.   Their existence is not really known.

Notable films released in 1949


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