The annual soiree in connection with
this institution was held on New Year's day in the Wesleyan School Room.
chair was occupied by Mr Edw. Thompson of Otley, who, in the course of the
remarks with which he opened the business of the meeting, said that Mechanic's
Institutions had already passed through periods of their rise, decline and
revival and that he regarded some movements of the present day, especially the
examinations instituted by the Society of Arts and the University of Oxford as
full of hopeful promise to the advocates of popular education.
Mr Pollard Ive alluded to the
case of Dr Livingstone as furnishing an example for perseverance.
Rev. R Holmes of Rawdon spoke eloquently on the advantages of knowledge.
Rev. H Owen, Wesleyan Minister, offered some very valuable and practical
observations and expressed his cordial sympathy with the objects of the
Mr B Eastburn also offered a few excellent suggestions.
The room was quite filled, chiefly with
The Otley Parish Church choir sang pieces and a party of
instrumental performers from Yeadon played at intervals, both thus contributing
in a great degree to the pleasures of the evening".
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling