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At the conclusion of the musical

programme by the Raogiora Brass at the Reoroation Ground on evening, an adjournment was made to Waeokerle's Hotel, where a

farewell smoke concert was .tendered . the band by members of the local f Brigade and Citizens' Committee. ■ fHie Worship the Mayor presided. {After the toast of "The King" ¥ had been honoured, the chairman pro ; pbeed " The Rangiora Brass Band," and said be was sure everyone had appreciated the services of tbo band. r The eotertainmants would have been

very flat and quiet without music, and not only did the townspeople enjoy it, but ib was also very much appreciated by the Wainui residents, the picnic - t j held on Thursday having been the first occasion on which a band had

Tisited that part of the district. Aka roa had had a record year of enter ment—they bad been visited by ■H.M.S. New Zealand, Fruitgrowers' Association, four Ministers of the "fbrown and the delegates of the Fire Brigade Conference. He thanked the members of the band for their cour and entertainment, and hoped at •"Mtame future occasion to again secure their services. (Applause.) Mr J. D. Bruce endorsed cbe Mayor's

remarks as to the band's abiliiy j- and willingness to entertain the public He hoped their visit would have one effect. No town was complete without music, and he trusted the effeot would p be to resuscitate the local band, or. to bring into existence a new one-a .band being one of the essentials to f help a (own along, ' The band had been very unselfish, and, as County Chairman, on behalf of the couutry people who appreciated the music as mufib. as the townspeople, be thanked

them most heartily. Mr T. Lewitfc, chairman of the Fife Committee, added a quota of thanks, and eaid many people had

come a long way to hear the music j; with which they had , been delighted j|,/Without a band the week would have W' been very dull, and he hoped that on some future occasion they would ba fortunate enough to eecuve a return visit; from the fiangiora Band. / Superintendent Goodwin expressed appreciation of the way in which the band had helped the Conference enter ' tainments, and he was sure that had the Conference been held in Rangipra instead of Akaroa, could not have done more to give the public en joyment, and he hoped that this would £ not be the last visit of the band to our town,

The toast was enthusiastically drunk with musical honours.

In responding, Mr Keir, manager of the band, said it was the first time the bandsmen bad visited Akaroa, but it would not be the last. He thanked them one and all—Mayor, Citizene , Committee, Fire Brigade, and townspeople—tnr the kind treatment during their stay. The picnic at Wainui was the beat gathering they had ever attended Words failed him to fully express the bandsmen's tbanks, but be could assurp tbem Akaroa would be a moßt p'easerable remembrance to them all.

Bandsman Harman proposed the toast of the •« Mayor, County Chairman and Firemen of Akaroa." He thanked them all for their, kind treatment during their stay. It bad been the time of their livep, and words were but a poor means of expressing their gratitude for the goodness shown them He bor)ed they would again have the pleasure of a return visit to Akaroa,

The Mayor, County Chairman and Or Lewitt responded, and an interchange of humorous remarks caused much merriment.

Mr, D. Handieides proposed (he toast of the Press, which concluded th» list, after which Bandeman Devlin ;eontributed a solo very ably, and the singing of •'Auld Lang Byne " terminated a most pleasant function. The bandsmen left for Rangiora on Saturday.

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RANGIORA BAND FAREWELLED, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4379, 17 March 1914

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RANGIORA BAND FAREWELLED Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4379, 17 March 1914

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