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Key dates over January 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 5

16th January 1917 - Last week of Cinderella at Theatre Royal

Rolling casualty count: 5202

Home Front: Pershore Aid to British Farmers’ Fund: The Treasurer of the British Farmers’ Red Cross Fund acknowledges the receipt of £114 from Mr. T.C. Hiatt, Secretary of the Pershore Branch of the National Farmers’ Union. This sum is the balance of a jumble sale held at Pershore in the early days of the war. The British Farmers’ Fund now totals £488,000, of which £6,195 has been sent from Worcestershire.

Bridge and Whist Drive: A bridge tournament and a whist drive, arranged by Mrs. Allport and Miss Richardson, took place at the Guildhall on Thursday last. Between 90 and 100 people were present, and a most enjoyable time was spent. The Guildhall was decorated with palms, lent by Messrs. White and Sons. The Musical Society of the Royal Engineers (by kind permission of Major Handley) attended and played selections of light music during the whole evening, on the balcony. This was greatly enjoyed. The refreshments were taken round by Royal Engineers.

Last week of Pantomime: Mr. F. Clements’ pantomime, Cinderella entered upon its last week at the Theatre Royal on Monday night. For the last days special attractions have been arranged. Tonight, in addition to the usual pantomime, a children’s singing competition will be held. From 24 children (12 boys and 12 girls) who will sing one of the popular songs of the pantomime, 12 will be selected to sing in the final, which will be held on Wednesday evening. Valuable prizes will be awarded.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team