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THE BATHING SEASON

ST. CLAIR LIFE-SAVING AND SURFBATHING CLUB. Tho official opening of the club took place on Saturday afternoon in somewhat cold weather. About one thousand people were in attendance. Special importance attached to the fact that the new and commodious building specially erected by the club was opened in presence of the above number of persons. Mr T. K. Sidey, M.P., as patron of the club, ofened tho proceedings in a short speech, in which ho dwelt upon the objects of tho club, which were for the purposes of loathing life-saving, as exemplified by the Royal Humane Society of England, and under whose rules the club worked. Surf-bathing as a pastime was practised by their members, and in case of accident the members were always handy. The club, he said, had a membership of something hike 120, but nothing would satisfy until 200 at least belonged to the institution. Finding want of accommodation was a drawback, the members resolved at the last general meeting to purchase a block of land and erect a suitable building. This was done, and the outcome was the fine structure which the public were asked to inspect that day. the cost being, in round figures, about £7OO. A subscription list had been opened, and it was gratifying to know and feel that tho objects of the club wore appreciated by friends and the public. Mr Sidcv thought the City Council, who had benefited through the tram service D (he beach, should assist the club in a substantial manner, for it. was primarily surfbathing that had sent S<. Clair along during the past four years, hence the benefits from rales and taxes and trams. The club helped to control (he beach, and their members were particularly careful as to dress and conduct. Mr Sidev, having declared the building open, wished the chib and member' all the success they deserved, and trusted the '2OO members required would soon be registered, that the public would give their support, and that local bodies, especially the Citv Council, would recognise the club as a particularly deserving one and worthy of support. Mr Davidson, head master of the Mornington School and president of the Otago Swimming Association, said he was p'eased to he present and to assist at such a function. He considered the club had done tho right thine, and as president of the Royal Humane Society in Otago he wished the club anil members success. Mr Davidson spoko of the advantages of -swimming, and how pleasing it was to know that hundreds of hoys and girls were being taught the art. "Mr FT. Cohen said he had been a'D-d to apologise for the absence of Mr IV. D. Stewart, who during his mayoralty had been the first to lift this project into the region of practicality. The member for the district, was quite right, in saying (lint the legislation of last session had given the Ocean Beach Domain Board the power to control surf bathing and to regulate the costumes of those who indulged in the pastime. As far as the executive of the Surf Chib wore concerned, he could ns.v.llo the Domain Board that tb.iv would find the former onlv (no i willing to co-opsratc with them in seeing that nothing approaching indecent ms(nines were permitted, or that the public who were in the habit of strolling or ptclinking on the beach were given the slightest ground for complaint on the score of interferouce. He reminded those present that the executive, in order to provide the surf bathers with a maximum of comfort, had taken on their sliou’dnrs a nrcttv brow financial burden. But were they downhearted in consequence? Certainly not. Knowing the ent hpeDsm | and liberality of the peoulo of St. Clair j and sti’Totindiug district, they had organ- I ised a bazaar and art. union, which would I D> he’d at the epd. of May. and he was ’ confident that .'.'l oertlous of surf bathers j and tlv'ir friends would rally to (he sun- ! port of the commit tee. He strongly I favored the acquisition of the fee simple. | of the land on which the clubhouse had I been creeled, and hoped to see the build- ! ine surrounded in the near future with other amerities that would add to the on- | torment of (he beach fn summer, increase | the popularity of th" St. Clair end. and j prove factors in augmenting the revenue of the City tramways. j Tho Citirens’ Band cave their smiws I for the afternoon, as also did the Forhury i School Fife and Drum Band, and they j were much appreciated. I Had the weather been fine members had ( a set programme to carry out. As it was. j a. men’s life-saving and ladies’ team went j through a particularly good test of life- | saving in the water, tho ladies’ work : ospecinllv being of some merit, as they j were in the ehoppy water for some time.' i The building, which will bo completed next week, is in tho hands of Messrs 1 McDonald Bros., contractors. It is in ! three parts, the ground floor being for the j ladies, the first floor for men, and the top I is an open roof for sun-bathing. The ladies, as well as the men, are to have j separate boxes for dressing purposes. For , sun-bathing the ladies have a separate room encased with class, and this will be filled up as a kind of boudoir. The men take the sun-bath on the open roof. Shower baths ajid drainage have been laid on, and through the good services of one of their members (Mr Thos. Burns) an, electric light system has been installed, i An office for the secretary is on the first floor. The club arc particularly indebted to Messrs Thomson and Go By; their reels, vhich tx« of the best. |

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THE BATHING SEASON, Issue 15681, 21 December 1914

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THE BATHING SEASON Issue 15681, 21 December 1914

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