CANTERBURY PATRIOTIC FUND.
THE PENINSULA GROUP. -
RECEPTION TO QUEEN,
The reception tendered to Miss Birdlinp, Queen of the Peninsula, Springs and Bilesmere Group, at the I eeston Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon, by the residents of the Elleemero county, was in every way a great BUCQ6RB. Seldom has the Leeston Town Hall held such a thoronghly representative gathering, and the objects the County Conn cil had in view when it arranged the recep tion were fully realised The hall bad been very tastefully decorated with blue and white streamers (the, Queens colours) and with flowers, and the building was made to resemble as near as possible a large drawing room., Mr J Cunningham presided, and was supported by Mr W H Montgomery, of Little Biver, chairman of the group, while the queen eat on his right. Songs were contributed by Mrs F- H. Bar: nett and Misses L B Kelbride, M Henderson and H M Chamberlain. . Short addresses were given by the chairman and Mr Montgomery, the latter expressing the opinion that the Patriotio Fund would be inoreasad to 1 considerably over £100,000 as a result of (he Queen contestMr Montgomery alluded to the fact that Miss Birdling was the successful candidate in a local quean contest held on the Peninsnla, and said he did not think it would be possible
to find a more representative Queen than Miss
Birdling. She was a member of one of the oldest families on the Peninsula, the mem-
bera of which bad always taken, a patriotio
interest in local and Empire affairs. Two ' of the Queen's brothers had gone to. Ibe front, and one had made the supreme sacrifice.
The chairman introduced the Queen; who made a suitable reply, after whiah brief speeches were delivered by Mr EG Hubbard (Southbridge), Mr G Sheat, (Dunsande!) and Dr Volekman (Leeston) each of whom as-
sured the meeting that his respective part of the district would do its utmost. to further Miss Birdling's candidature. ' , The ladies provided afternoon tea, for which they were thanked by Mr J Storry. At a meeting held subsequently Mr AT Robertson, of Leeslon, was olected organising secretary for the Ellesmere county. The chairman announced that be had received a telegram from the Canterbury Seed Company stating its intention to give £.50 towards the support of the Queen.
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CANTERBURY PATRIOTIC FUND., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3523, 18 February 1916