Signs of revival had already been felt earlier in the year in different parts of the town. Particularly at the time of a preaching festival in June when some old people compared the atmosphere with that of the 1859 revival. In November R B Jones came for a ten-day mission. One commentator said that the town was 'ablaze and the converts number 100 already'. By March 1905 the converts in the area were numbered at 2,267. By the end of 1905, the town had changed. Prayer meetings were being held in the coal mines, family feuds were settled and drinking declined.