Aquatic Entertainment in 1885



Among the many attractions of this beautiful place, a grand aquatic entertainment took place on Wednesday, when the large room of the summer pond was crowded.

What gave great interest to the entertainment was eight gentlemen visitors, who paid a visit to the exhibition, and who were dressed in lawn tennis suits. The programme was composed of races, flying trapeze, diving, and the different styles of swimming. Mr Priestley’s three sons, Stanley, John and Teddy, also gave an exhibition, which was highly enjoyed by those present.

The entertainment was concluded by what was termed a grand national football match – Ireland v England – the English team proving victorious.

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