On this day in history : 14th September 1951 – Fawley Oil Refinery, on Southampton Water, is opened by Prime Minister Clement Attlee….img_3846

Fawley was then the largest oil refinery in Europe, capable of processing 5.5 million gallons of oil per day…. It could produce 1.5 million gallons of petrol – a third of the Country’s daily requirement at that time….img_3845

The opening ceremony was a momentous occasion, with a lavish luncheon held afterwards for 5,000 guests….the largest lunch party ever to have been held in Britain up until that time….img_3844

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