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MERCURY BAY HOSPITAL FETE

(From Our Own Correspondent.) WIJITTAXGA, .Momiay. The annual fete for the bi-iienl of the Jjbove hodpltnl was a Ihruc days' celebration this year-l<nh. 24>th. ami lM.st-«u<l j establishes a record of which Men-iirv Bnv may well be proud. Perhaps no other -townShip in the Dominion rtlses more ciithtMlnetl|call.v or unanimously to the oc-aslon -aid /the inhabitants contribute most RenprouslY iln support of their hospital. On Frldnv the lmh, a "bankut social , ' Inaugurated the festlvlltles, and conspicuous amung the nwiny very original And artistic liaskots was olio .fashioned from wood and cnnMmanl Into a ! miniature hospital, the work and gift of :<the matron, Ml.ss Hopper. Prizes were offered by the ladies' c> mm It tec for the three baskets which should rail:ls<> tlie hlghi est prices. Mr. Johnson, of Coromnmlcl, looted as aui-tloneer. The firs* prize was' awarded to MUs Dcnn>rlpy, whose basket i sold for £0. Miss Eileen O'Brien cnnii) second and Miss draco McCarthy third On ! Saturday afternoon, athletic sports were held In a paddock kindly lent by Mr E. Eyre. Favoured by line weather, the attendance was very good, and the sports no ' ■Jess successful than the previous nlg-ht's , social. The results were as follow: Pilcycle ' race, two miles—R. Hamilton 1, 120yd-a I Handicap—Joe Dnfty 1, "W. Lowe 2. W. MoMahon 8. Carrlngton Handicap, 100 yds, 203 yds, 300yds—'H. .Harrison 1. W. Pe'terson 2, J. Clark 3. Half-mile •Handicap— H. Brewer 1, Irving 2. 75yds Handicap—TV. [ Petersen 1. TV. Lowe 2, H. Harrison 3. i Bicycle Race, one mile—R. Hamilton 1, T. Hlscock 2.. Schoolboys' ißace—(B. McGregor 1. 'Single Oh'ls' Race—W. Cowle 1. Throwins Cricket ORa:]— Jbe Duf/.- (S9yds T9ln) I. Schoolgirls' Race —M. ftliey 1. QuarterHandicap—H. Brewer 1, — Cricke>t % J. Clark 3. *.i,r made "Demonstration Day" glorious, nnd the hospital grounds were crowded. Mr. I 'Rhodes, of Coroinandel, hart generously j>re- ' sented "demonstration" ribbon souvenir | favours. wMch, sold at <>d pa eh. tenllspil quite a jtotxllv sum. and were worn universally. "During the afternoon speeches were niiidn by Messrs. .Tuene and Rhodes (Coro•ntaiidcl). Mr. Charles O'Brien (cba-lrinon llospitnl Rrmrd). Dr. Gordon, and Mr. Thos. •Hanimn. The Whltinnga Brass Band played ft selection of snerefl music, and two 'remarkably ibenuMful anthems were sung by the choir. The gross receipts altogether amounted to £123. which, with the Government subsidy, means n total of £2SO for Mercury Bay Hospital. Special prMse Is due to the ladies' committee, particularly to the untiring secretary, Miss NeIHo Walker.

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MERCURY BAY HOSPITAL FETE Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 71, 24 March 1909

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