On this day 130 years ago – the official opening of Morrab Gardens

It is exactly 130 years ago – on Friday 27th September 1889 – that Morrab Gardens was officially opened.  It must have been a grand occasion for the town, with a procession consisting of “The Mayor and Corporation, the Rifle Volunteers, various Friendly Societies, Gentlemen of the Town and Neighbourhood, and Burgesses generally” making its way from St John’s Hall down Morrab Road and through the Gardens.

The procession was followed by a Public Luncheon “at which the attendance of all (including Ladies) is particularly requested”.

Music was an important part of the festivities, with an organ recital during lunch, and a band playing in the Gardens during the afternoon.

Programme for the opening of the Morrab Gardens, Penzance, September 27th, 1989
Programme for the opening of the Morrab Gardens, Penzance, September 27th, 1889

PROGRAMME
BOROUGH OF PENZANCE
MORRAB GARDENS

The new Public Gardens will be opened on Friday 27th inst. about 3 p.m.

A PROCESSION
consisting of
The Mayor and Corporation, the Rifle Volunteers, various Friendly Societies, Gentlemen of the Town and Neighbourhood, and Burgesses generally, will be formed at the Public Buildings at 2.15 p.m.

All Public Bodies desirous of taking part in the Procession are requested to communicate at once with Mr. R. J. Gillard, Hon. Sec. of the Procession Committee.

The Procession will start at 2.30, and process down the Morrab Road to the Gardens, and, after the Ceremony of Opening, will pass through the Gardens, and return by Parade Street and Market Place to the Public Buildings.

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