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From: "Becky Horne" <>
Subject: Newspaper cuttings rom the Eastern Cape - Sir Walter HELY-HUTCHINSON cont.
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2005 19:42:01 +0200

Hi Folks

Please join me in welcoming Merle Phipps to the List. Hope you going to
be very happy with us. Here is a snippet of news from an Eastern Cape
Newspaper, which I hope makes you feel right at home.

Herald. 12 Aug 2005.
Great show put on for Governor's visit.
100 years ago
by Ivor Markman.

Although the visit of His Excellency the Governor, Sir Walter
HELY-HUTCHINSON, was an informal affair, flags were flying above all the
public buildings, stores and jetties in Port Elizabeth. Crowds gathered
early in the afternoon, specially at the Humewood Road terminus of the
Avontuur light railway.

The Railway Department made great preparations for the event, it being
the first time that one of His Majesty's Ministers has travelled over
the line. The station was ablaze with bunting, the steps and platform
were laid with maroon carpeting while the steps were also surmounted
with an arch of greenery, a smaller arch being erected at the exit gate.

The houses in the vicinity of Humewood Road displayed streamers of
bunting from their flag posts and the route to the centre of town was
treated in more or less the same manner. The roadway in front of the
station and for some distance towards the town was fairly well crowded
with people and the arrival of the guard of honour from Prince Alfred's
Volunteer Guard under the command of Captain WARES, headed by the
regimental band attracted a further crowd.

At about 4.20 the mayor, Mr. Alex FETTES and the acting civil
commissioner and resident magistrate, Mr. H. C. BECKER, arrived at the
station. The train was not due to arrive before 4.46 pm and punctually
to time the shrill whistle first heralded the advance, followed by the
exploding of a long succession of fog signals on the line. These had
hardly died out when the gaily decorated engine pulled into the station.
His Excellency alighted and greeted those who waited to receive him.

Sir Walter was looking very well and apparently had thoroughly enjoyed
his riding trip through the South-Western districts. He immediately
proceeded to inspect the guard of honour, after which he entered the
waiting carriage.

Accompanied by an escort of Cape Police, he was driven into town. Hearty
cheers were raised as he left and at many stages in the short journey,
probably the greatest demonstration being in Market Square, where the
cavalcade passed at a steady pace.

His Excellency was taken to the Port Elizabeth Club, where, in the
evening, a private dinner was given by the mayor.

At 11 pm His Excellency entrained by a special for Cape Town, and his
informal call had been concluded.

Best wishes

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