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Journal of the Nelson and Marlborough Historical Societies, Volume 2, Issue 3, 1989

Country Districts

Country Districts.

On the second of March the Examiner reported the celebrations at Waimea South and Waimea West. The South celebrated at Wakefield on quite an extensive scale. There was a procession of school children with flags, pedestrians, visitors on horseback and all sorts of vehicles, which proceeded to Mr Baigent's large paddock. Here a circular building had been erected where the children were supplied with refreshments. It was estimated that 1300 to 1400 were present. The brass band played, there was a band of serenaders and an excellent German String Band from Nelson. Games of cricket included a Ladies' Match. At Waimea West the celebrations were on a smaller scale, but there was a dinner, sports and all at night.

Waimea East held their celebrations at Richmond on the fifteenth of March.

A colourful procession was led by the Wakefield Brass Band. Mr Humphries gave an address. There were 400 at lunch, followed by sports, a Minstrel Show, and dancing at a Ball where music was provided by the German String Band. An all day feature was the Cricket Match between Nelson College and the Bachelors of Richmond. This resulted in a win for Richmond.

So far we have found no mention in the paper of the Motueka function which was to be held on the 16th. of March. The next issue of the paper was taken up with news of the Provincial Elections.