A Round of Applause

From time to time we see photographs with little or no information – this one is the latter with no information at all!
Standard-triumph-workersSir John Black can clearly be seen, with the appreciative audience of workers applauding. It looks like they are applauding the gentleman in the centre with Sir John clearly offering the limelight to the subject for this particular occasion.

But what was the occasion? Perhaps buried somewhere in a newspaper archive is the full story and it can identify the gentleman and the reason for the applause – any suggestions from you?