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MfpUnpN OP PARTY 1 SPIRIT ffiPEECHES AT INSTALLATION "We are here in the interests, of tfbe of Christchurch and not |b the interests of any party. We atuqr he put up by the Citizens* Association or, perhaps, the Labour party, but once we are here, we mod fed that we are elected by file people and we must serve the people as bed we can,* 1 This statement was made last evening by Mr X W. Beanland, when be was installed ks Mayor of Christchurch. Councillors Sir Hugh Adand (Citiaens* Association) qnd G, Manning and B. M. Macfarlane (Labour) were also sworn in. The last two have previously been members of the council “If I can accomplish the abolition •f the party spirit I will have attained something worth while in the city. Let every councillor remember only that he was elected by the people and let him vote not with his party but as he thinks best. After aU, what are we here for? We are here for the general betterment and uplift of the city. We strike a rate to carry out the work of the' dty, and the social life of the city also comes into the life of the council We most try to make the people of Christchurch happy and contented. That is one of our greatest duties.** Attendance of Public The public section of the council chamber was filled, and all available apace about the council table was dso occupied. In addition to the Depaty-Mayor, Or. E. H. Andrews, and the Mayor-elect, Mr Beanland, lisofle m the mayoral dais were Mrs Btanlcnd* Mrs Andrews, and Lady Wlgram. Among others present were members of Parliament, representatives of the clergy, representatives of political organisations, successful and defeated candidates and their wives, and sitting couneiHor* and their wives. The many opokudes Included a message of congratulation and apology from the mnaer Mayor, the Hon. D. G. Sullivan. The Deputy-Mayor read the formal announcement of the result of . the election of the three councillors, and each of the successful candidates read and signed the declaration. Welcoming the new councillors;, the Deputy-Mayor said he felt sure that they would give their time and service freely for the good ofthe dty. The public recognised long service in electing its new Mayor, he laid. In announcing formally the result of the mayoral election. Mr Beanland would bear the office worthily and with dignity. He was aura that the new Mayor would be a worthy successor to Mr Sullivan and would study the best interests Of the city. Cr. Andrews also congratulated Mrs Beanland. She had, be knew, approached the position with some diffidence, but she was assured of the support all the councillors and their wives. .Christchurch had been most fortunate in « succession of mayoresses who had not spared themselves in service to the city. Opponent’s Congratulations “We have been co-workers ;pp ; the council for many yearn and we nave haul many friendly battles,”,said-Mr J. K. Archer, the defeated Labour candidate for the mayoralty. “We would not have had them if you had had the right ideas,” he added amidst laughter. They had always been good personal friends, and he wished Mr Beanland 1 health and strength to carry out bis duties. "This election has been to me a great catastrophe—perhaps the greatest of my life,” he said. “That wig because it got me a reputation ef being wealthy. I have been called many things, hot being called rich hurt me most. I would rather be called a Chinaman, a Turk, or a member of the Citizens’ Associa--tlon,” he concluded, amidst renewed laughter. Mr E. L. Hills, the defeated Independent Labour candidate, also congratulated Mr Beanland. - Cm. M. E. Lyons, T. H. Butte*and W. Hayward expressed, the council’s congratulations and assurance of co-operation. As the Mayor was being invested with the Insignia of office, after having signed the declaration, the' heavy fur-edged robe .became, ern tangled and fell, to the amusement «f the public. "We have had our differences around the table, but I am pleased to be back after a short retirement,” said the Mayor, in reply to the congratulations. “I trust that, with whomever we contest a seat or however hard the fight is, it will make no difference to the friendships formed here. Whoever comes to the table I will try to make him my friend, and I hope he will make me i«fa friend.” During the terms of office of Messrs Archer and Sulliyan, most difficult conditions had been experienced, he said. “If this winter is a hard one we will pot fall behind. We will try to do something to bring Joy and happiness to the lives of those people who may think they are down and out.” The council adjourned and . the guests were entertained atsuppet^ Mr J. W. Beanland . was congratulated on his success in the mayoral tor-election by members of the Christchurch Unemployment Committee, at a meeting yesterday.

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NEW MAYOR'S WISH, Press, Volume LXXII, Issue 21734, 17 March 1936

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NEW MAYOR'S WISH Press, Volume LXXII, Issue 21734, 17 March 1936