excerpt from 'My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories' pp. 60 (229 words)

excerpt from 'My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories' pp. 60 (229 words)

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My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories

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The “Friendly Gathering” this year was held on July 15, 1893, more choirs met, the rendezvous being Goodshawfold. This was a “Red Letter day” for the village. Our united choirs numbered some 450 persons, from far away places as Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Dewsbury, Rochdale, Haydock, Bacup, Haslingden, Ramsbottom, Accrington and a few others. Some came in Wagonettes and a great many arrived by tram, and on their way up to Goodshawfold, visited the Friends Meeting House, which highly pleased them all. We sat down a good many out of curiosity, in John Bright’s chair, then we sang a few verses to the tune “Old Warrington” and proceeded on our way along the valley following the course of the river. We had tea, after which our musical programme were gone through consisting of six Psalm tunes, and six choruses from the “Messiah.” What a splendid time we had, there did not seem to be a hitch anywhere, and all seemed determined if possible to make it a success. After this we all proceeded to Sliven Clod to the Baptistry, which is a little higher up the hill. There we had our photographs taken by Mr. McKee, of Hollinwood, and on our return to the chapel a second photograph was taken of us in the graveyard at the front of the chapel. At 8.30 people began to bid good-bye reluctantly, and leave for home.

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