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CONCERT AND SOCIAL GATHEBINQ, The Nelson Poultry Society claimed to hare put up a record this year in giving extraordinary value fora shilling with admission to a first-class show and a chance of winning a bicycle ; but the good people of St. Mary's Chnrohhaye broken it. At the concert and social gathering in the Provincial Hall last night the purchaser of a shilling ticket was provided with an excellent concert, abundant refreshments, and twelve or more dances, which was at' the rate of a penny a dance with the rest of the privileges "thrown in." As a consequence the affair was a marked success. Not only had a rery largo number of tickets been sold, but in spite of the weather no less than £8 was taken at the door ia shillin" admissions. The hall was crowded, while the gallery was thronged with onlookers. The first part of the evening was devoted to a concert. The members of Martin's Band very kindly gave their services for the occasion, and they were assisted by other local instrumentalists, a strong orchestra being thus made up by Mr Martin, Miss Lecy, Miss Hall, Mr Light and' his twos ons, Mr Leaper, and Mr John Graham. The appended programme was rendered:— Orchestra, selections from " II Troyatore,' 1 " Belle of tho Village," and "Yiolante"; 'Cello solo and Mandoline solo, Mr Light ; piano duet, " Westward Ho," the Mi3ses Scott ; songs : Mrs Howie, "The valley by the Bea," and as an encore "I wrote a letter to my love ;" Mr Corrigan. "The Silent Highway," Miss Larkins ; " Whisper and I shall hear " (with violin obligato by Miss Levy) • (encored) ; " True till Death," Mr A. Light ; (" Queen of the Earth " as an encore) ; " Last Night," Mrs A. P. Burnes. Miss Baigent was unavoidably absent, and Mr Spaul had a bad cold and could not sing ; but the hitter had done yeoman's service already in helping with the arrangements. Each number wa3 loudly applauded. At the conclusion of the concert choice and abundant refreshments were handed round by the ladies. Before the table was depleted it was quite a picture, and ono almost expected to hear it " groan under the weight of good things." Tho committee of ladies who had charge of the refreshments are to be congratulated on their success: They were — Mrs Crisp and Mrs Kelly, Misses Frank (4), Mollumby, Levy, Scott (2), and Young. The decorations were tasteful, some pretty ferns being sent by Mr Wm. Pitt, and the flags were kindly lent by Captain j Allsopp, of the barque Brussels. Tho decorations had been arranged by Messrs M.Levy, Jackaon, andCassin, and they deserve every credit for their skill. When the " good things " had been disposed of, the forms and chairs were cleared away, and the rest of the evening was devoted to dancing, Messrs Spaul, L. Frank, and Harris being very efficient M.'s C. Martin's Band earned further expressions of gratitude by supplying the music. Before Father Mahoney left he made a hu- ! morous little speech congratulating tho I congregation on the success of the gathering, and giving thanks to all who had assisted. One of the roost pleasant reunions of the season was brought to a close at midnight, all having enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

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ST. MARY'S CHURCH., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXXI, Issue 178, 29 July 1897

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ST. MARY'S CHURCH. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXXI, Issue 178, 29 July 1897

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