A deputation, from the Returned Soldiers' Association"'waited- on the council meeting last evening, and Lieutenant Blathwayt stated- that the association required funds to carry on its work. Takin- a lead from the Christchurch Returned Soldiers' Association, the local association had decided upon a programme for Anzac Day to make an appeal for funds. The association did not wish in any way to clash with any celebrations the council might' have. The association would agree to co-operate with the council if necessary. The soldiers intended to parade for church in the morning and to hold another parade in the afternoon with some system for appealing to the public generosity. The Mayor said in the past the Government had sent communications as to how the day should.be observed, but no such communication had been received on this occasion. He assured the. association that the council would do all it could to assist to collect funds. He thought speeches could be delivered in the Domain during the afternoon, and collections taken up. He would telegraph to the Government and see whether a whole holiday was to be observed. ■ ■:■
Cr Ferriman said the Mayor should proclaim a whole holiday on Anzac Day and assist the soldiers to raise the money.
Lieutenant Blathwayt said the Editor of the " Guardian" had taken the soldiez's to task. He (the speaker) assured the council that the day would he observed in. a manner befitting the returned soldiers. He hoped the Editor would see his way clear to open a subscription column in the " Guardian " fro helo the association.
Cr. Watson said the Editor wished to preserve the sanctity of the day. There was no reason why there should be tomfoolery, but the day could be utilised in a practical way to assist the soldiers.
The Mayor and chairmen of the various committees were appointed to act with the association to devise a; scheme to observe the day in a fitting manner and also to assist the association. ,
In thanldnc the council. Lieutenant Blathwayt stated that the returned soldiers did not wish to commemorate the day on their own, but wished' the public to join -with them.
Cr. Ferriman, after the deputation had retired, stated that the local bodies in the County should find the money for the soldiers without putting: them to the necessity of going out cap in hand to the public. He then intimated that he would move in the new council .that n grant of £10 should be made out of unauthorised expenditure.
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ANZAC DAY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919
ANZAC DAY Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919
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