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CIVIC JUBILEE

:■-•■ - _i_ «*, ■ TUESDAY July 16, 191S, Yesterday was the. Jubilee of the Borough of Groymouth. The morning broke miserable, but '-\ by upon the sun ahone out, and a gltorious afternoon was the result. The town and shipping in port was bedeckod with flags in honour of the occasion. The pioneers, came from all Darts of the West Gpast. Two hundred odd badges had been printed, but alas there we're too fevvi It was a glorious assemblage that came together at the Drill Shed to form in procession,, and the Old Boys ' "Association would be delighted at the result of their efforts. The school children, were there in hun,dreds, and the/ twa bauds. Citizens and Gory Battalion, kinclly turned out and led the grand proeessioiij which was marshalled by Mr/ W. Coehrane. r ii.': alendance of Pioneers quite eclipsed all expectations, and the Old Boys mustered to fhe .strength of over 300. The procession was termed "the best ever seeh in the town." Punctually at 1.43 the procession moved from the Drill Hall and traversed "- Taihui Street, and Mawhera Quay, thence to the Town Hall, where the 'school, children divided, and the Pioneers and Old Boys marched through the ranks'. On arrival at the Town Hall the Pioneers . were marshalled at the side of the building, and Mr. King photographed the group, while several" snapshoters were to be seen busy with their cameras. After this was completed, adjournment was made to the Town Hail where a fine concert and speeches wero given. From the balcony of the Town "Hall, Mr. W. H.Parntt (son of a Pioneer) and acting Deputy-Mayor, in the absence of the Mayor (J." D. Lynch, Esq.), for whom he apologised, made a speech to the school children. He said that, this was a glorious day in the annals of the. West Coast and IGreymouth in particular. This was the I Civic Jubilee of tHe Tdwn of Greymouth, and he -congratulated the Old Boys on their eiforts in treating the pioneers of 50 years ago. H- xnij versed the history of Greymouth from the time tlmt the- ■first" steamer; called., •the kelson, crossed the Grey bar, hnd~ was moored to trees growing on -fie river banks. He paid a high co.mpliment to the old people, and ' was pleased to see that full 25(f had rolled up. He gave little incidents from 1864 , to the present day, and at the couciusion of a masterly address called for three cheers for the Pioneers, three for our soldier lads, and the Boys of the Navy, which the young folk responded to lustily. The children of the FiSdi and Sixth Standards were then marched into the Town Hall to hoar the /speeches of the Old Pioneers, while the younger folk went to the Opera House wbere Mr. T. Pollard had very kindly put on a picture programme for their benefit.

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Grey River Argus, Grey River Argus, 17 July 1918

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CIVIC JUBILEE Grey River Argus, 17 July 1918

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