The “Lancashire Evening Telegraph”, Tuesday, November 19th, 1963, records the function to mark his 80th birthday “PIONEER AT THE EXCITING BIRTH OF AN INDUSTRY. Many people who said ‘We never knew there was a Mr. Mullard’ had the surprising and happy experience of meeting him today—an erect, still-sturdy figure, rather bald but with a neatly-trimmed moustache, horn-rimmed glasses and a rather debonair manner. At one stage of the proceedings he apologised for being ‘a little forgetful’ but most people present during the five-hour celebrations had nothing but admiration for the way in which he carried himself alertly, answered the speeches made in his honour and humbly gave credit to those who have helped in the industry he pioneered. “A little of Mr. Mullard’s exciting story was told to the large gathering of civic and industrial representatives in the Windsor Hall, where a champagne toast was proposed to him by Mr. S. S. Eriks, who succeeded Mr. Mullard as leader of the organisation in 1929.” As his 80th birthday coincided with the 500th million Mullard Valve, a golden replica of this historic valve was presented to him. A feature of the gathering was an enormous birthday cake with 80 valves as candles and Mr. Mullard asked that the Mayor of Blackburn accept the very substantial first layer of the cake for distribution amongst deserving Blackburn towns-people. Stanley Mullard has survived to see the company he formed 43 years ago, grow to occupy a leading position in the electronics industry. His retirement has been far from inactive, he has continued to participate in company affairs, albeit infrequently and since 1945 has interested himself in new developments in horticulture, a subject in which he is now a recognised authority. He has a son and three daughters and lives near Egham, Surrey.
This article was originally published in “Mullard Outlook” VOL. 6 – No. 6 November-December, 1963