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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:14 am 
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Saturday 6 December 1851

Treat To Old People

On the evening of Friday week, as we announced in our last, nearly 700 old persons, from the age of sixty years and upwards, were gratuitously regaled with an excellent tea, in the school-room belonging to the Independent Chapel, Bethesda-street, Burnley, through the liberality of the directors of the Mechanics' Institution, in honour of the laying of the foundation stone of the building for the new institution. From an examination of 567 tickets taken at the door, we find that the number of persons present between 60 and 70 years of age was 394, whose united ages amounted to 24,895 years; between 70 and 80 years there were 140, whose united ages were 10,277 years; between 80 and 90 years there were 30, whose united ages were 2,505 years; and between the ages of 90 and 94 (the highest age present) there were 3 persons, whose united ages came to 278 years: thus making a total of 37,955 years for the holders of the 567 tickets received at the doors. These statistics prove that the Burnley people are a long lived race. The band of the institution was in attendance, and added much to the old people's enjoyment by performing a selection of popular airs in their usual good style. After the tea was amply discussed, the assembly was formed into a public meeting, when Mr. T. Farrer presided as chairman, and several ministers and other friends delivered short and appropriate addresses to the meeting. After three hearty cheers had been given for the success of the new building, the company separated.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:15 am 
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Who'd have thought there would be so many people over 70 in the 1850's!

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Quite surprising

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