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OFFICIALLY OPENED. His Worship the Mayor (Mr J. B. Shacklock) formally opened the new Hand Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens last night. There was a large attendance, of the ptihlic, ami after the National Anthem had been played by the Kaikorai Band the. Mayor delivered a short address, in the course of which he said that, the old stand having served its day, it had lwen necessary to get something better. The- plans of the new structure had been approved by representatives of the various hands, and that evening Mr Laidlaw had informed him he had never played in a better kiosk. (Applause.) The City Council were indebted to the Harden 'Fete Committee for their assistance in the cost of erecting the building. (Applause.) The declaration by His Worship that the kiosk was open for public use vvau greeted with clieers. Mr J. Rennie, president of tho Garden Fete Executive, said that body had been entrusted in the last three years with the expenditure of about £5,00(3, and he would take that opportunity of indicating how the money had been spent. In the tiret place, £l5O was expended on the kiosk, the City Council also spending a_ similar sum. On the Southern Oval £1,575 was expended, and more would have to be spent there yet to make it an ideal ground. Sums of money had also been expended on hockey grounds in Jubilee Bark and Opoho, on seats on tho Town Belt, on the improvement of the North Ground, on children's playgrounds, and on other works. Speaking generally, it could bo said the money had been spent to good purpose on the preparation of recreation grounds, children's playgrounds, and the Botanic Hardens. A enni of £250 was also paid out for the extension oi the or-chid-nouso attached to the Winter Gardens. The kiosk occupied an ideal position, facing the lawn and the hillside, where many thousands of people could assemble to "listen to the music of bands. Tho money contributed by the public hud been expended for the benefit of the public, and, as far as possible, districts all round had received a share. (Applause.) Tho formalities having been concluded, the public promenaded and enjoyed the band music and the concert provided by members of tho Duuedln Orphan*.' Club. The band's programme during the evening was as follows: —National Anthem. 'Trooping the Colors.* 'Light Cavalry' overture."' Breezes from the South' waltz, 'Diamond Cross' selection, and ' Tirperary' (specially arranged by Mr G. B. Laidlaw. conductor of tho band). The members of the Orphans' Club who contributed much-appreciated items were Messrs T. W. Dobbie, A. Russell, D. V. .uacKeiuie, R. Ovmiston, and A. Sligo. Mr A. Pacey was the accompanist. A collection for the British and Belgian relief fund, organised by the 110/jpital Saturday Association, wa6 taken up by lady members of the Overseas Club in Belgian costume, the result being a sum of ±!2O 10s. Tho Orphans" Club's effort also brought in £2 9s.

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NEW BAND KIOSK, Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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NEW BAND KIOSK Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914