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Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England),
Saturday, June 30, 1900; Issue 10283

Transcribed by Brian Randell

Sir Cameron Gull, Bart, MP., visited Clovel1y Court, the seat of Mr. F. Hamlyn where he was the principal speaker at the annual fete of the "Iddesleigh Habitation" of the Primrose League. He referred to the present anxious time with regard to China, and expressed a hope that we should soon hear that Admiral Seymour was safe. He spoke at the brilliant strategy of Roberts and Buller in South Africa, and chuffed the Radicals as to their position. The Radicals were, he said, terrorised at the thought of a General Election, yet they boasted about trusting the people. The Unionists always trusted the people, and they looked forward to the next General Election with full assurance of a triumphal victory. (Cheers.)
The arrangements were made by the committee of the Habitation, with Mrs A E Thrupp and Miss A E Sewell as joint hon. secretaries. A band under the direction of Mr Frank Ellis supplied the music, and tea was provided by Mr Saunders, of Parkham. Sports were also held during the afternoon, and the following were the results: 100 yards - C Tucker, Barnstaple, W Bale, Clovelly, S Cook, Hartland. Post race - C Tucker, S Cook, W Bale. Obstacle race - S Cook, W Bale, E Bright, Hartland. High jump - Bale, S Barrow. Egg and spoon race - C Tucker, S Cook, W Bale. In a tug of war between Mr Cook's team (Hartland) and Mr A Court's team (Bideford) both teams were so even that the committee doubled the prize and divided it. 100 yards race, extra - C Tucker, S Cook, W Bale. Half mile race - C Harris, Barnstaple; E Bright, Hartland, W Bale. Mr F Hamlyn J.P., C.C., and the Rev R W J Smart were the judges, with Mr J Haynes, Hartland, as starter. After Sir Cameron Gull's address, Mr H Garnett moved a vote of confidence in her Majesty's Government and in Sir Cameron Gull. This was seconded by Mr C Garvice and carried unanimously. A vote of thanks was also accorded Mr. HamIyn for placing his grounds at the disposal of the League. Dancing was kept up until dark. Over 1,000 took tea. During the afternoon the committee was entertained at Clovelly Court by Mr and Mrs Hamlyn. The National Anthem in the evening brought to a close one of the best gatherings held at Clovelly.