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The official ceremony of turning on the water will begin at 2 p.m. at the Waimakariri Gorge bridge.

TURNING ON THE WATER

The official ceremony of turning on the water will begin at 2 p.m. at the Waimakariri Gorge bridge.

Mr. M. E. Jenkins, the county  chairman and the deputy chairman, Mr J. H. Jebson, will welcome the official party and visitors on behalf of the Malvern County Council and Mr H. G. Royds will speak on behalf of the consulting engineers.

Representatives of the neighbouring counties and the Canterbury Progress League will also speak and the scheme will then be formally declared open by the Minister of Agriculture (Mr Gillespie), Mrs M. E. Jenkins will then cut the ribbon and a member of the council staff will raise the stopgates and let the water flow through the tunnel under the bridge approach, into the raceway and settling ponds.

In the evening a function will be held in the Darfield Memorial Hall which will include a symposium of past events in the district.

Mr James Deans of Homebush, and Mr C. H. Adams of Greendale, both former county chairmen, will review the 50 years of county affairs and Mr D. MacMillan, of Christchurch, an authority on the early history will delve into the previous era.

The part women have played in the history of the county will be described by Miss Mildred Rudd of Greendale.

Source The Press, 09 March 1961

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