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Article from "The Clutha Leader" describing the Jubilee Concert held at the Oddfellows' Hall

This from a single column of newspaper which is headed "AY 28, 1929". One would think it's May 28 1929, but a companion article on a page labelled August 26 1929 refers to the Concert being "this evening", so it seems likely this was published August 28 1929, but the presence of "AY 28 1929" at the top of the column makes little sense.

Te Houka School

The final celebrations in connection with the Te Houka School celebrations took place on Monday. In the afternoon a re-union was held and, owing to the climatic conditions, a few games were held in the school and afternoon tea was dispensed.

In the evening a concert was held in the Oddfellows' Hall at Balclutha, Despite the inclemency of the weather there was an excellent attendance. The Balclutha Brass Band opened with a selection "Echoes of Scotland," which was much appreciated. Misses H. and D. Dallas followed with a pianoforte duet "Qui Vive" and were loudly applauded. It should be stated here that the chairman (Mr C. Dallas) announced that encores were not permitted. Mrs I. Jenkins sang "If I might come to You" in pleasing manner, and was followed by the pupils of the Te Houka School in a physical drill display, the performance of one wee chap being a feature. Master I. Dallas gave a cornet solo, "La Serenata" in an excellent manner, and was followed by Mr Ken Wright with a solo, "The Standard on the Braes o' Mar," and he gave an excellent rendition. Mrs. W. E. Dallas recalled early school days by reciting "Horatius at the Bridge," and showed the value of memorising. Mr F Guest played xylophone solos, "Ladies of Cadiz," and "Swanee River," which met with great favour. Later he played "The Two Imps," and "Nearer My God To Thee" equally well. Miss M. Murray gave an excellent rendition of "Isla McLean," and was followed by Miss F. Mitchell in an impersonation of "Puck" from a "Midsummer's Night Dream," and she pleased the audience immensely. Mr J. H. Guest gave an excellent rendition of "The Ringers," and Mr Bert Gold followed with a cornet solo "Violets," which was loudly applauded. Miss D. Matheson sang "There's a Bonnie Hoose in Ayer," which found favour with all present, and Miss Joy Mitchell danced an Irish Jig, unaccompanied, excellently. Mr Ken Wright was again heard in a solo "Hail Caledonia. Miss Edna Cameron executed a clog dance excellently, and thereafter Messrs C. Dallas and F. Soper asked the audience to carry a hearty vote of thanks to the artists, to the entertainment committee, to the accommodation committee, and to any who had in any way assisted in the celebrations. The accompanists were Misses D. Matheson, I. Murray and H. Dallas, Mrs Jenkins, and Mr J. H. Stevenson.

Mr W. Renton moved a hearty vote of thanks to the chairman of the jubilee committee and his associates. He paid a tribute to the way in which visitors had been entertained, and congratulated the committee on the arrangements made. The hearty applause which followed was ample indication that Mr Renton's remarks were heartily endorsed by all present, and Mr Dallas suitably acknowledged.

The concert concluded with a verse of the National Anthem.

The hall was quickly cleared and a large crowd indulged in dancing. The grand march was led off by Mr Jas. Sim (Moonlight) and Miss A. Dallas, immediately followed by Mr J. D. Sim and Mrs D. Lindsay. Mr R. Moffat and Mrs Bell (Oamaru), and Mr Jas. Fahey and partner came next. The spectacle as the participants came down the hall eight abreast was indeed lovely, and the march was most spectacular. Mr C. Cochrane presided at the piano in his usual style, and there was no complaints regarding the music. An oldtime touch was given to the function by the playing of Mr Sam McKay and Mrs Jas. Cullen. Everything went with a swing from start to finish. Over 80 couples took part in the grand march and when the dance was in full swing there must have been over100 couples on the floor. Messrs F. Soper, G. Moffat and C. Dallas made efficient M.C.'s. A tasty supper was handed round and was much appreciated. The hall was tastefully decorated with white and lemon streamers and bore a very nice appearance. Taken all round the concert and dance were very successful, and were a fitting conclusion to the jubilee celebrations. It is pleasing to note that the financial return will be sufficient to defray expenses, and probably leave a small surplus.

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