REJOICINGS AT WREA GREEN.
On Wednesday last, this usually quiet place was the scene of
great hustle and enjoyment. At twelve o'clock, the children attending Wrea Green
schools formed in procession outside the building, and, preceded by Martland's fine
band, from Preston, and accompanied by a large number of people, marched to Westby,
where they were joined by the children attending the schools there.
They then returned to Wrea Green by way of Mr. Stavert's', Mr.
Fisher's, and round the Villa. The procession halted at the residences of the
above-named gentlemen and others, the band playing "The Fine Old English
Gentlemen," " Partant pour la Syrie," &c., the children also giving
three hearty cheers.
On their return to Wrea Green schools, coffee and buns were
provided for, and liberally distributed to the children, of whom there were not
less than three hundred. This repast seemed to afford the young company much
satisfaction. The procession was then re-formed, and marched to Ribby Hall,
preceded, as before, by the band.
On their return, the children and others engaged in many good
old English sports, till about half past five, when tea was announced, and of
which, altogether, about seven hundred partook one hundred and fifty of whom had
free tickets of admission, from the liberality of gentlemen in the
By this time large numbers of visitors had arrived from Preston,
Lytham, Kirkham, and, indeed, from the whole surrounding district, many as
pedestrians, and not a few in vehicles of every description. Precisely at six
o'clock the band was stationed on the green, and played during the evening a
selection of favourite dances, the company entering with great spirit into country
dances, polkas, &c.
The donkey races were by no means confined to the more
juvenile portion of the assemblage. During the evening several balloons were sent
into the air. At dusk a large quantity of fireworks were discharged, and afforded
much amusement to many, while to others they were the objects of silent admiration.
At the close of the fireworks three cheers were given for the Queen, at the
suggestion of the chairman, Mr: Fisher.
The school-rooms were most tastefully decorated with flags,
flowers, mottoes, &c., and reflected the highest credit on the labours of the
working committee, to whom, indeed, great praise is due for the excellent
arrangements of the day. Flags were also seen floating in the air from the church
steeple, and the tops of the neighbouring houses.
It is calculated that about two thousand persons were present
during the evening. We must not omit to notice that the playing of the band was
much applauded, and that it contributed most materially to the enjoyments of the
day. Everybody left the scene of innocent and healthful recreation perfectly
satisfied with all that had taken place.