Amersham Athletics Day

Announcement Date: 8th July 1893

From early morn till late at night on Thursday everything passed off here merrily as the proverbial marriage bell, showing unmistakeably that the committee had done their work in commendable style. The shops were closed for the day, bunting and evergreens used with no unsparing handmade the place look quite gay for the occasion, and at night the effect was enhanced by the employment of gas jets and coloured lights. The bells of the Parish Church rang merrily and salutes were fired from jubilee mortars at intervals. The series of athletic sports commenced at 9.30am by a swimming race at the baths for boys, which was won by F Hall, there being a dead heat for second place with Hyland and Priest. The other events took part in Barn Meadow. A very interesting cricket match was played between the Grammar School Club and eleven boys of the town, the latter proving victorious by 48 runs. Eleven of the brewery employees also tried their prowess with the Town 2nd X1, but lost on the first innings. At four o’clock a tea was given in the Town Hall to females over 60 years of age, and to the children under fourteen, of Amersham, Amersham Common, Winchmore Hill, and Woodrow, the number who partook being about 650. The proceedings throughout the day were enliveded by the strains of the Amersham Brass Band, ably conducted by Mr George Ward, and about eight o’clock the prize tickets to the value of from 5s to 1s each (to be redeemed by any townsman) were distributed by Mrs E B Cooper.