There has been a Paper Mill at the site currently owned by SCA at Oakenholt since the C19th. Thirty six employees left their jobs to fight in The First World War. Thirty four of them survived and returned and two died. All of them were honoured at the time on an oak carved plaque that was mounted on a wall in the mill. In the intervening years, the mill grew and developed and the wooden plaque was moved. It found itself in a dark area beneath some stairs and it became dull and dusty and neglected. Recently a member of staff brought it to the attention of the management and said ,
“We really should do something about this” and so they did. The plaque was taken down and cleaned and French polished and is to be remounted in its original position in the entrance to the offices of the mill. Today, it was unveiled by the Mayor of Flint Councillor Paul Cunningham for whom it was especially poignant because two of those named were relatives of his.
SCA, the current owners have done the community a great service by rescuing this very lovely piece of local history. Pictured above, standing in front of the plaque are from left to right, Flint Town Mayor, Paul Cinningham, his Deputy, Terry Renshaw and SCA Site manager George Placogiannakis
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