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The Thirty Fifth Annual Conference of the Uoited Fire_Brigade Association I of NewjiZealand was opened at Akaroa yesterday, when nearly two hundred firemen delegates from the 130 brigates affiliated to association took part, Mo3t of the delegates arrived in Akaroa at the latter end of the week, and by Saturday most of tbe accommodation in Akaroa was booked up. There are probably over four hundred visitors to the town interested in the Conference.


Tbe weather wa3 favourable; and on igunday morning tbe Rangiora Bra?s Band, engagt-d by the citizens' committee of entertainment, led the procession through the tcwu for the annual church parade. About two hundred firemen in uniform took part, and marched to the excellent music supplied by tbe band making d fin.c sight! The parade was headed by Staff Sergeant Major Quarterly, a troop of cadets taking part. The fire men were conducted to their respective churcbe3, ruarcbiDg from the new wbart along Lavaud Street to the Catholic Church and back to Sjb. Peter's Church in Balguerie Street.


Over eighty delegates and firemen attended St. Peter's Church, where special arrangements bad been made for their accommodation. Tbe ser- j vice was an exceedingly hearty one, there being a full choir. Tbe Vicar, (Rev. A. H. Julius), preaching from Eccle3iastes xi, 4, "Whatsoever tby hand findeth to do, do it with all tby might," and St. Paul's epistle to the Romans, "We are all workers with God," spcka of the great and noble work done by the firemen of the world, He instanced the of earnestness in their fighb against one of the greatest forces of nature, fire, and said that in their spiritual life also there was need of strenuous, determined effort, ' In' the midst of their work they should have, the uplifting thought that tbey were coworkers with God, and that thought should help to sustain them in times' of great stress and anguish. There was a good attendance of Bremen and their friends in the even mg ' TRINITY ' CHURCH.

Thirty two firemen attended Trinity Church, Akaroa, on Sunday morning, when the service was conducted by tbe Rev. J. W.'* Hayward. Preaching from the text Corinthians i, 16 anil 9, "For a great door and effectual i-t opened unto me, and there are many adversaries." Mr Hayward spoke .of tbe magnificent opportunities given to firemen to win for themselves honour There was a general congregation c f 140 in the morning. . In tbe evening there was again n large congregation, many firemen an ! their friends attending.

CIVIC WELCOME BY MAYOR. After churcb, the firemen to the stand on the Recreation

Ground, where His Worship tb? Mayor (Mr G. Armstrong), addressed them. Mr Armstrong extended a hearty welcome to the visiting firemen. Ha said he hoped tbey would all enjoy attending the conference in Akaror. He thought Akaroa had a great futuie as a tourist resort, and the towns people were very glad indeed that they had been successful in inducing tb<; Association to hold their annual con ference of delegates here. He apologized for the absence of the Hon. h\ Fl. Rhodes, member for the district, who had wired to him, asking him Xi convey to tbe visiting delegates tb • hipe that ■ their conference would !>■• attended with every success Mr Armstrong then gave the delegates n brief outline of Akaroa's historic in terests, and asked them to make tt a acquaintance of Monsieur and Madame Etevenneau, the two surviving French immigrants residing in the town. Mr G Spriggens, president of th • Association, thanked the Mayor sin cerely for his welcome, which he saM was appreciated by all his fellow fire men: He wished tbe Mayor to con vey to the people their very hearty appreciation for the arrangements tbey bad made for their entertainmen', and be was sure they would all carry away with them the pleaaanteat recollections of the town with its beauti ful harbour and surroundings.


I On Sunday afternoon tbe. visiting firemen were entertained to afternoon te-i in the Domain. The # earlier part of tb« afternoon was warm, but ai about 4 a strong southerly set in, which made it father unpleasant. There were a great many firemen and residents present, afternoon tea being supplied by tbe members of tbe local brigade and the townspeople. During the afternoon the Rangiora Band played a number of selections, which were generally.appreciated.


During tbe afternoon Mr G.-'Sprig-gens, president of the Association*

.nnounced that his executive had m6t j he local citizens' committee, and had iecided'to alter the programme slighty. It bad been, decided to hold the] •onference on Monday and Wednesday, leaving Tuesday as the open day with the dance in the evening. On Wednesday tbe Hon. Mr Bell would iddress the conference, and it bad been decided to hold the citizens' dinner that evening, instead of Friday, 'is a number of the firemen from Auckland and elsewhere had to leave Akaroa on Thursday morning.

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF DELEGATES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4377, 10 March 1914

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF DELEGATES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4377, 10 March 1914

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