What a day: the ARJ Family Fun Day

We’d like to say a big thank you to all who joined us in celebrating 50 years of Alan R Jones & Sons at the Family Fun Day, which certainly lived up to its name.

The atmosphere was electric as we all came together at the Newport depot on Saturday, made extra special by many long-awaited reunions with people we’d missed seeing face-to-face over the last year and a half.

As Ray so eloquently put it in his welcome speech: “If you want to go fast in this industry, you’ll go it alone. If you want to go far, however, you must stick together.” This attitude was championed throughout the rest of the speeches, which paid tribute to the longstanding relationships we’ve formed over the last 5 decades on the road.

Friends and family of the ARJ team celebrated the day with fun-filled activities designed to keep kids of all ages happy, including an opportunity climb up into the cab of our specially liveried anniversary truck.

Our huge undercover canopy normally used for loading and unloading trailers contained a huge bouncy castle, inflatable slide, and face painting for the kids, plus an impressive assembly line of dedicated barbecue artists dishing out treats for the rest.

Entertainment in the marquee ranged from funfair games to a live band, who saw the dance floor heaving before long. Despite the heavens opening to bless us with a few torrential downpours, the marquee held strong, and we all pitched in at times to keep the incoming flood of rain away from the band!

Never missing a chance to support Velindre Cancer Centre, we raised almost £300 through our charity raffle, with our very own matriarch Margaret Jones scoring the top prize.

Tote bags were handed out as a thank you to guests on their way out, filled with commemorative gifts, including cans of special edition ‘Alan R Jones & Sons: 50 years’ beer brewed by Tiny Rebel – a valued partner of ours for almost a decade now.

“It was fantastic to see everyone making the effort to mark this terrific milestone,” said Ray. “The event was a real testament to the strong bonds we’ve formed within our ARJ family.”

To friends and family alike, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you – we couldn’t have come this far without you. Here’s to going the distance in the next decades to come!


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