OPENING OF THE NEW PIER AT BOURNEMOUTH.
On Wednesday, the handsome pier at Bournemouth, just completed by Messrs. Bergheim and Co., was formally opened amidst great demonstration by the Right Hon. Sir F. W. Truscott, Lord Mayor of Louden. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales had been asked to visit Bournemouth for the purpose, but his numerous other engagements prevented his doing so. Sir F. W. Truscott, however, very kindly accepted the invitation of the Town’s Interest Committee, and fixed such an early day for the ceremony that the working committees are to be congratulated upon the expeditious and elaborate manner in which the whole of the arrangements were executed. The London and South-Western Railway Company very generously conveyed the Lord Mayor’s suite and equipages free of charge.
The State carriages, &c., arrived at Bournemouth by mid-day train on Tuesday, and to the 5.30 express was attached the handsome saloon carriage containing his lordship and suite.
Upon alighting his lordship was met on the platform by the members of the Local Board of Commissioners, Town’s Interest Committee, &c., where a short and appropriate address of welcome was read and presented by Major- General Burrows.
His Lordship, in a brief and cordial manner, acknowledged the same.
His lordship, sheriffs, &c., were then driven to the Royal Bath Hotel, which was most tastefully and elaborately arranged by Mr. Cotes, the proprietor, for the reception of the distinguished party.
On Wednesday visitors streamed into the town from all parts, and the profuse display of flags and bunting, and the numerous triumphal arches bearing mottoes of welcome, &c., looked grand in the extreme.
The gorgeous procession left the hotel at half-past eleven as follows: –
Advance Guard of Members of E Troop Hants Yeomanry Cavalry. Band of Artillery Volunteers. H.M. Coastguard, under command of Mr. Stocks, R.N. Hants Artillery Volunteers, under command of Captain Rebbeck. Hants Rifle Volunteers, under command of Captain Rogers, accompanied by their Band. Friendly Societies : Oddfellows. Band. Foresters. United Patriots. Rechabites. Ratepayers and Visitors, in carriages. Members of Parliament. Mayors of neighbouring Boroughs. The Bournemouth Commissioners and their Officers Band. The Volunteer Fire Brigades: Ringwood, Christchurch, Bournemouth. Hants Yeomanry Cavalry. Ex-Sheriff Sir F. Perkins. Mr. Ex-Sheriff Burt. Mr. Under-Sheriff and Mrs. Crawford. Mr. Under-Sheriff and Mrs. Wragge. Mr. Sheriff and Mrs. Bayley. Mr. Sheriff and Mrs. Woolloton. The City Marshal. The Four City Trumpeters. The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress, attended by the Sword Bearer and Mace Bearer, and escorted by the Hants Yeomanry Cavalry.
After parading the principal streets, a move was made through the pleasant gardens to the pier (outside the entrance of which the yeomanry were drawn up on either side), when the formal opening was soon accomplished by the Lady Mayoress (after the presentation of an address) unlocking the entrance gate with a gold key presented to her for the occasion.
After enjoying the pier for some time, the distinguished party returned to their carriages and proceeded to the Winter Gardens, where a splendid luncheon was provided by Mr. Hoare, of the Criterion Hotel, Mr. F. Godfrey’s well-known band performing a choice selection of music in the grounds.
During the afternoon various rowing, sailing, and swimming matches took place. Tub races, duck hunts, the latter causing much amusement, and later there was to be a grand display of fireworks.
The borough member, Mr. Horace Davy, Q.C., gave £5O, and the town generally contributed liberally to the expenses of the demonstration.
To look at Bournemouth on Wednesday it seems impossible to imagine that only about 40 years ago it could have been a barren heath, called “Decoy Pond.” The town has certainly come out handsomely, and the result must be to bring this magnificent health resort into prominent notice.
A grand banquet to the Lord Mayor was to be given in the evening, after which it is said his lordship would be the guest for a few days of Mr. ex-Sheriff Burt at Swanage.
The general arrangements made by the railway companies, police, &c, were admirable; in fact, the whole thing was arranged on a magnificent scale. The bells of St. Peter’s Church rang merrily throughout the day.