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BAND OF HOPE DEMONSTRATION.

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BAND OF HOPE DEMONSTRA- TION. AN INTERESTING EVENT. It was impossible to witness the grand demon- stration of the Band of Hope Union, which was held yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, withoat being struck by the rather curious—albeit appro- priate—blending of the spirits of temperance, patriotism, and loyalty to the Queen there was the inevitable bits of blue ribbon, which is, as everyone knows, the emblem of teetotallism the good old Union Jack was carried by nearly all the children, while every now and then the strains of God Save the Queen were to be heard. The event—which, by the way, is the first of its kind held in Swansea for many years—was favoured with beautiful weather and thanks to the efforts of Mr. Robert TolLiok (tbe energetic Secretary of the Band of Hope Union), Mr. W. G. Beynon (Demonstration Secretary), and their many willing helpers, everything passed off with- out a hitch. The children, numbering upwards of 5,000, were, with a few exceptions, all drefsed in summer garb, and they seemed to enjoy the fun immensely. With smiling countenances, they Bang God Save the Queen," and waved their little flags with intense enthusiasm. In the early part of the afternoon they massed together at the Market, where each Band of Hope took up its allotted position. The following Bands of Hope were represented :—Excelsior I.O.G.T., Argyle (St. Helen's-road), Alexandra- road C.M., Bible Christian (Neath-road), Bruns- wick Wesleyan (St. Helen's road), Bethel (Manselton), Carmarthen road Congregational, Castle-street Congregational, Canaan Congrega- tional (Foxhole), Capel Henrietta (Henrietta- street), Ebenezer (Ebenezer-etreet), Fabian's Bay (St. Thomas), Memorial (Walter-road), Mount Pleasant (Gower-street), Mount Pleasant Branch (Aberdyberthi street), Mount Zion (Cradock- street), Mount Calvary (Danygraig), Gorse-laue Baptist, Hill Congregational Chapel, Pell-street Chapel, St. Andrew's (St. Helen's-road), St. Helen's (Spring-terrace), St. Paul's (St. Helen's- road), Salim (Plasmarl), Sailors' Society (Sailors' Rest), Tabernacle (Skinner-street), Terrace-road C.M., Trinity (Park-street), Wesley (College- street), Wealeyan (Mumbles), Wesleyan (Sketty), Walter-road Congregational, Rhydaings Congre- gational, York-place, Mount Calvary (Manselton), and Hebron. Headed by the Mumbles Brass Band and a brake containing the organisers, amongst whom were Messrs. Robt. H. Tolliok (hon. secretary), C. M. Davies (assistant secretary), G. O. Luff (musical secretary), W. G. Bevnon (demonstra- tion secretary), H. Griffiths (chief marshall), D. Williams, G.T.S.C. (conductor), the procession left the Market shortly before three o'clook by the Orange-street entrance. The line of route was Church-street, Ficher-street, York-street, Little Wind-street, Wind-street, Castle-street, High-street, Alexandra-road, Grove-place, De-la- Beche street, Mansel street, Walter road, Westbury-street, Bryn-y-mor-road, Beach-street and Oxford-street. At the Market the children, after again singing the National Anthem, dis- persed to their several chapel schoolrooms, where they were regaled with buns, Ac. Midway in the procession was the Sketty Fife Band, which played some selections in a very creditable manner. Crowds of people lined the various streets as the children marched through, and considerable interest was manifested in the spectacle. SINGING FESTIVAL. In the evening a singing festival was held in the Albert Hall. There was an exceptionally large audience, the hall beiag crowded both up- stairs and down. In fact, hundreds were obliged to stand.The chair was takeu by Mr. T.Haui80n, President of the Union. The following programme was gone through :— Part 1.—Chorus, Band of Hope March," Choir; hymn, "Sound the Battle Cry"; Chairman's Address organ solo, Miss Maggie Jones song, "The Vision of the Cross" (Bradworth), Mi^s Bessie Gard chorus. "Fight the Drink," Choir song, "A Dream of Paradise (Hamilton Grey), Miss Maggie Jenkins; song, "March to Pretoria (E. Fursman, Swansea), Mr. G. O. Lutf chorus, Whistle and Hoe," Choir. Part 2.—Pianoforte solo, Alice (where art thou?) (J. Ashtr), Miss Katie Reynolds; chorus, II Jolly Teetotalers," Choir; Address; song, Miss Maggie Jenkins; solo and chorus "Rule Britannia'" Mr. G. O. Luff and Choir; song, Angus MacDonald" (Roeckel), Miss Bessie Gard. The choruses, which were rendered by a choir of between 600 and 700 voices, were very fine, reflecting great credit upon both the conductor, Mr. D. Williams, G.T.S.C., and the singers. The pieces were attacked with confidence and preci- sion and the way light and shade was observed by such a large number of children was really marvellous. The audience was delighted and they were not slow in showing their appreciation, the youngsters being vociferously encored each time. Miss Matrgie Jenkins, Manselton, was in good form, and her rich contralto voice was heard to advantage in A Dream of Paradise." The singing of Mr. G. O. Luff, who possesses a capital baritone voice, also highly pleased the audience. HI. John Phillips, Aberavon, a tenor of some rapute locally, was to have sung, but, unfortu- nately, he was uuable to fulfil the engagement. An interesting address was given by the Rev. Harold Davies (Mount Calvary, St. Tbomas). Miss Maggie Jones, A T.C.L., C.R.A.M., efficiently presided at the organ, and Miss Katie Reynolds, T.C.L., C.R.A.M., accompanied on the pianoforte. The proceedings close i with the National Anthem. The demonstration and singin? festival 1 aving been so very successful, it is intended to make them annual events.

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