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LEDBURY WORKHOUSE INMATES9 I ANNUAL ENTERTAINMENT. The inmates of the Ledbury Union were given tb ir annual entertainment on Wed- nesday evening in last week, when the dining hall of the institution was the scene of much mirth and gladness on the part of the inmates. Even the old and grey inmates bad smiles on their wrinkled features, while the children enjoyed themselves im- mensely. The programme proved to be one of the b* st that has been given there, and this achievement was due to the untiring efforts of the Master and Matron (Mr and Mrs J Johnson), who are to be congratu- lated on the result of their organisation. The hall was decorated with mistletoe, evergreens and artificial roses. The stage looked very picturesque, and this was also hung with roses. The inmates were assem- bled in the dining hall, and also attending the concert were:—Mr and Mrs A G Smith, Mr and Mrs A Carless, Mr A J Chadd, Mr T W Hunt, Mr F James (Eastnor). Rev 0 F R Strickland (chaplain), Mrs T Pedling- fcam, etc. The Chairman of the Board (Mr W L Pritchett) was unable to attend owing to indisposition* Mr Bonn addressed the inmates and said that Mr Pritchett had not been well, and it would not have been wise for him to come that night. He (Mr Bunn) would do his best to carry through the business that Mr Pritchett would have done. He went on to aay that it was a proud elevation to him to ethnd before them to receive their applause. He was sure be should feel pleased, and he would try and eujoy himself, and they wonld go on the best way they could. (Applause). After the Chairman's introductory re- marks, Miss F Fardon, with her usual skill, gave an excellent pianoforte solo. Miss Jessop saog a selected song. which was well received. Miss Hilda James appeared on the stage in gentleman's evening dress, and dang a humorous soug entitled My Bas- soon," which was encored. A comic song, Three o'clock in the morning." by Mr D G Quin, was received with applause, and he •ana as an encore The wedding of McKnabb." Mr A Greenfield gave a humor- ous song, The miserable man," attired in a very appropriate dress, and he also re- ceived an encore and sang 14 Jean, Jean, of Aberdeen." Mr J Huish received an encore for his comic song, entitled It's nice to get up in the morning." The best comic of the evening was that in which Mr Greenfield and Mr Quin took an equal share in 44 Alice." These two, undoubtedly, were the stars of the evening's performance. At the interval tea and sugar were handed to the women, and tobacco was given to the men, and light refreshments were given to all the inmates. It was understood that the toys upon the Christmas tree are to be dis- tributed later on. All these gifts are of course provided by Mr and Mrs W A H Martin, of the Upper Hall, Ledbury, as for many years past. On the resumption of the programme the opening number was a humorous song, "The Life Guardsman," given by Mr A Greenfield, who gave a clever skit of a general riding a donkey, and went careering round the stage, much to the delight of the youngsters. The next item on the pro- gramme was a song 44 Stone-cracker Bill (encored), by Mr It J Carless. Miss Hilda James' 44 Regimental Pet" was quite a succesf, and she appeared instead of her sister, who was unable to attend. Mr Quin again delighted the audience with a comic, H I'm on my honeymoon." Some more local talent was g iven in a duet, entitled A short cut," by Miss L Lloyd and Mr R J Carless, and Mr E W Reed, dressed as a Iljrl, gave a very humorous song Isn't that like a inau ? Miss R Pritchett was unable to atteu and her place was filled by Mr Greenfield,, who rendered "Little Willie's Woodbinesin most pathetic ? style. Mr J I Huifch gave a humorous song, 41 Saturday t afternoon till Monday morning," and an amusing monologue was given by Miss Hilda James, 4411-69 express," in place of a song. Mr Quin, with his usual smartness, rendered a humorous song, 44 I'll be going home now." The last item on the pro- gramme was a sketch entitled The Area Belle," the characters being taken as fol- lows Mrs Croker (the mistress), Nurse Hall; Tosser (in the Grenadiers), Mr R J Carless; Pitcher (a policeman), Mr H Batchelor; Mr Walter Chalk (a milkman), Mr R A Paul; Penelope (maid), Mr E W Reed. The Chairman tendered a very hearty vote of thanks to the artistes. He was sure it had been a very enjoyable evening, though they bad been minus their Chair- man. who would have enjoyed it as they had done. (Applause). All those who had entertained them so well had the best thanks of all of them, and they had enjoyed it extraordinary well. (Applause). Three cheers were aiven for the Chair- man, the Master and Matron, the Chaplain and Miss Fardon, and with this the evening terminated.

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