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The Mayor, Mr R. Galbraith, and the membea-s of the Ashburton Borough Council entertained yesterday/ over 100 lady war workers at a luncheon held in a marquee erected on the Domain Oval.

Assisted by several ladies the waiting at the tables, adorned with beautiful roses, was carried out by the Mayor and councillors, who were congratulated by their guests on the efficient manner in which they conducted this part of the proceedings. Subsequently, the Mayor said that the ladies of the Red Cross and Lady Liverpool Societies had been asked to attend the function, in order that councillors could have an opportunity of expressing their thanks for the great amount of work they had accomplished during the war. Everyone knew the ladies would not accept anything in a tangible form in tion of their valued services, and the Borough Council had only done what was being carried out in other centres by way of recognising, the work; so successfully accomplished by the ladies of the Borough. He was pleased to see workers from the other parts of the County, representatives from several of the outlying branches of the Red Cross and Lady Liverpool Societies being present, and to them also he extended the Council's heartfelt thanks for what they had done in the cause of humanity. In conclusion he expressed regret that Miss McKee, who had done such valuable work, was unable to be present. '. '

Crs. Ferriman, Buchanan, McElrea, 'Watt, Hillier and Kerr ' also referred in glowing terms to the splendid work of the ladies in the way of providing comforts for the soldiers, also in connection with the influenza epidemic.

Mesdame's Hunter and Hill, and Miss Menzies suitably replied. Mrs Lill said the ladies did not desire recognition ; they had done their best to assist in winning the war. The, societies, were not disbanding, and if the call^ came again they would be ready to, do their part. (Applause.) * ; '

The Mayor thanked the ladies for their co-operation with Mrs Galbraith and himself during the most strenuous four years of war. Referring to the parcels forwarded ,to the front, lie said that at least one soldier had stated that had it not been for the parcels which he. had received he would never have lived to return to New Zealand.

Three cheers were then given for the Mayor and councillors. A pleasant function terminated with the singing of, the National Anthem. .

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WAR WORKERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919

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WAR WORKERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919

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