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When the Wakanui School Committee determined on holding a concert and ball for the purpose of raising funds wherewith to purchase prizes for the school children at the forthcoming examination, their brightest anticipations could hardly have pictured such a complete success in every way as that which was experienced last night. At 8 o’clock, the hour at which the concert commenced, all the seats wore filled, while a large number of the audience were compelled to stand.

All descriptions of scats were improvised by the energetic Committee, but there is a limit to all things, and their efforts in this direction failed, ns the crowd of old and young folks flocked into the spacious schoolroom, and Mr Cockle’s duties as ticket-taker were of a most arduous but pleasing character. To a stranger in the district the wonder would bo where so many people came from. The proceedings were opened by the Chairman (Mr G. W. Lcadley) briefly stating the purposes for which they were gathered, mid the object sought to lie attained. A lengthy but excellent programme was then go no through, a party from Ashburton, composed of Messrs Dunn, Gates (2), Pick ford, and Stephenson, with the Misses Gates (2), Mrs Dunn, and Mi .s For main, rendering in capital style several of Mendelsohn s glees. Mr H. Gates treated the audience to a few of the mirth-provoking - songs for which he is so well known, and the happy countenances of his listeners showed they were quite as appreciative as others who have heard Mr Gates. “ The Midshipmite ” and “Peter Piper,” by Mr H. Stephenson, will not soon bo forgotten by those present, notwithstanding their unwillingness to join in the chorus of the latter song. Among other gems of the evening, a duet by Miss Pormain and Miss G. Gates was sung with much taste and sweetness, while Master McLau'diliu’s manipulation of the piano elicited" well-merited applause bongs were also sung by Mr Pickford, Mr Dunn, and Mrs Dunn, and the concert came to a close about half-past ten by the singing of the National Anthem, after Mr Dnnn had <dvcn a comic recitation. Mr John Walsh, in a few choice remarks, moved a vote of thanks to the visitors from Ashburton for their kind asaisianco that evening, and Sir Kih'onr briefly seconded the motion. It is needless to add that the motion was carried most enthusiastically, and the Chairman, in tendering the expression of thanks, commented in eulogistic terms on the quality of the music they had been treated to. The company then adjourned to a substantial supper, provided by Mr A. Thiele, and after the room had been cleared of seats, etc., a number of gallant swains 1 ir>V/ - 1 ul-.i V ' ■■

and fair maidens plunged into the mazes of the dance, and the festivities did not terminate till an early hour this morning. The Wakauui School Committee have reason to be proud of the way in which their concert and ball came off, and on the I principle that ‘ s nothing succeeds like sucI they cannot do better than have a | simt'-ar entertainment after harvest.

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THE WAKANUI CONCERT AND BALL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 501, 25 November 1881

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THE WAKANUI CONCERT AND BALL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 501, 25 November 1881

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