The Twelfth of July.
The members of the Orange Institution m Ashburton celebrated their annual festival last night by a dinner m the Orange Hall. There was not the large attendance that has been customary at these gatherings; only fifty or thereabout sitting down to dinner ; but this is accounted for by the disagreeable weather. Still, notwithstanding the weather, a number of brethren had come from a considerable distance. Mr John Ranger was caterer and provided an excellent repast, to which'full justice was done by the guests, and if the weather prevented the attendance of many whom those present would gladly have welcomed, it did not prevent those who did present themselves from thoroughly enjoying the gathering. The Hall was gaily decorated with evergreens for the occasion, the handsome banner of the Lodge occupying a prominent position on the southern wall of the room. Mr James Cockburn, R.W.M.. was Chairman, and Mr W. H. Paget, D.M., was Croupier. The usual loyal and patriotic toasts having been, honored, the customary Orange toasts were given— such as " King William 111., of glorious, pious, and immortal memory " ; "Orangemen all round the globe" ; " The Earl of Enniskillen" ; and others. Full honor, was done to these as well as to others of a local nature, and suitable speeches were made by the proposers and those who acknowledged them. Songs of the usual cast were sung by many of the members—the "Loyal Orange Lily" and "The Orange and Blue "being notable. The brethren sustained the harmony until midnight.
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The Twelfth of July., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2465, 12 July 1890
The Twelfth of July. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2465, 12 July 1890
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