THE NEWS IN 1914: Gosberton event raises money for patriotic cause

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The Working Men’s Coal Club held their annual show of fruit, vegetables, flowers, and rabbits at the Public Hall in Gosberton.

A quote at the time said of the event: “Undoubtedly the show was a great success in every aspect – exhibits both in quality and quantity were gratifying.”

The opening ceremony was conducted by Mrs Royce who spoke of the patriotic feeling displayed by giving their profits to their exhibition to a patriotic cause.

She said that she appreciated this to the full and at the same time heartily congratulated those concerned upon the admirable proof of their patriotism.

Mrs Royce also said that it had been a great pleasure for her to open the show and in delaring it open she wished them every success to great applause.

Mr Page, the treasurer of the Working Men’s Coal Club, said: “It has given us much pleasure to see Mrs Royce again as she was present at the previous year’s event and we haven’t forgotten the words of encouragement and advice she gave.

“Acting on her advice, we have introduced several new classes to our annual show this year.”

At the exhibition there were over 60 classes which were divided into three sections.

Apples monopolised a major portion of the fruit classes and many of these apples were said to be “fine specimins” of their varieties.

The vegetables were said to “not be up to the mark”, with caterpillars having played “great havoc” amongst the cabbages and leaves of other vegetables, however, potatoes gave “much satisfaction” in regards to size.

Unknown proceeds from the event were to go to the Prince of Wales’ Relief Fund.