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HAWARDEN FESTIVAL. <♦>

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HAWARDEN FESTIVAL. <♦> The annual fete, in connection with the Hawarden Institute, was held in the Castle- grounds on Saturday, and although the weather early in the day gave a somewhat unfavourable promise, it fortunately held fine, and conse- quently the attendance was a very large one. This festival is held annually to obtain funds to defray the working expenses of the Institute,, and in this the committee have been eminently successful. The three fetes, which were held on a larger scale than has been the rule, brought in the satisfactory total of about 92,400, and thus the management reverted to the old-time festival of forty-three years standing. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone have always taken the liveliest interest in the institution, and it was chiefly in the hope of obtaining a.. glance at the venerable statesman, and probably of hearing him speak, that such a large attend- ance was present. Excursions were run from all parts of Lancashire, Cheshire, and North Wales, and soon after noon the village was full of visitors, wending their way to the attractions in the park. Here, however, a disappointment awaited them, inasmuch as the following letter from Miss Helen Gladstone had been received by the secretaries:—" Hawarden Castle, August 27th, 1897. Sirs,—I am desired by Mr. Glad- stone to say that he regrets that he does not think it desirable at his age to undertake the giving of the prizes on the 28th." Later in the afternoon, however, Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone took a drive round the park, and were loudly cheered by the crowds who lined the route. This was also the case when the G.O.M.- appeared at the library window, where a con- course of admirers had taken up their stand. Mrs. Gladstone was present at the distribution of the prizes, which were given away from the terrace wall by Mrs. F. L. Hancock, and frequently expressed her approval of the com- mittee's choice of the prizes. At the conlusion three hearty cheers were given for Mrs. Glad- stone and Mrs. Hancock. Among the visitors who were staying at the castle were Mr. Henry Gladstone, Miss Helen Gladstone, Mr. Armit- stead, Dean Wickham and family, Lincoln, &e., while Miss Dorothy Drew was, as usual, greatly in evidence. A good programme. of sports had been arranged, and the various items were capitally contested,. while there was also a cricket match between Hawarden and Leigh, in which contest the homesters asserted their superiority, and in the evening dancing was indulged in to the strains of the Buckley Town and the 1st Flintshire Engineers Prize Bands, which played alter- nately, as they had done during the afternoon. on the terrace wall. At dusk the village and wynt were prettily illuminated, whife the dancers were accommodated with a Well's light, by the aid of which they were enabled to trip the light fantastic until about nine o'clock when the park was closed. The hon. secretaries' Messrs. G. J. R. Butler and H. Dickinson, are to be congratulated on the excellent manner in which they executed their duties, as are also the officials connected with the sports, who were as follows:—Judges Messrs. J. Brough- ton, D. Jones, and E. Ellis; handicapper and starter, Mr. T. H. Haswell. The results of the- sports are appended :— 100 yards tortoise bicycle race: Winners of heats, Wm. Edwards, A. Grossman, E. S. G. Wickham, and R. Green. Final: 1, A. Grossman 2, W. Edwards. 100 yards handicap (open) Winners of heats T. Richardson, W. Harrison, A. E. Jones, W. Cash, and W. Rogers. Fina 1, Harrison; 2, Cash 3, Richardson. Two miles bicycle handicap—First heat: 1. A. Mitchell; 2, S. Davies. 2nd heat: 1. G. Fl Lightfoot; 2, J. Wolstenholme. Final: 1, Davies- 2, Mitchell; 3, Wolstenholme. 440 yards open handicap—First heat: 1 J. McLeary; 2, Jas. Booth. 2nd heat: i Wm Stanton; 2, J. Golding. 3rd heat: 1, W. Cash 2'm- C- P^n- Jinal: Dean 2> Cash 3, Booth'. Tug of War (for teams of seven): 1, Boswell's team, Sandycroft Foundry; 2, Chester team. The cricket match, which provided amuse- ment for a goodly number of votaries of the game, ended in a somewhat easy win for the home team, as a glance at the scores will I shew:— LEIGH WEBLICYANS. HAWARDEN. W Nelson b Peters 2 E Evans c Eaten bTurner 0 W Stewart c Gibson b T Gibson b Ashcroft 24 Peters 14 E Davies lbw b Turner" 4 J Turner b Evans 0 F Green b Delves 8 J Ashcroft b Peters 0 H Griffiths lbw b Turner 2 B Bennett c Green bEvans 0 J Peters b Delves. 6 J Eaton c Davies bPeters 5 G Pox b Delves. 2 B Battersby c Mason b I G Warner run out 1 Evans 1 H Mason b Ashcroft 0 F Kniveton c Green b B Green c Turner bDelves 1 Peters 0 B Cathrall not out 2 Bevingtonnotout 1 Aspinall b Peters 0 J Delves b Evans 0 Extras 5 Extras 5 Total 28 Total 55

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