Illustrated London News (27/Aug/1857) - A Pic-nic on a Large Scale

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A Pic-nic on a Large Scale.

On Saturday last one thousand five hundred of the workpeople of Jonas Brook and Brothers, of Meltham Mills, near Huddersfield, proceeded by rail to Liverpool, and marched in order through the principal streets to the quay, headed by the fire-brigade and a large band of music, both belonging to the mills. Three of the large ferry steamers were soon crowded; and, after a delightful trip along the Cheshire shore, up the Mersey, the vessels returned and landed their burdens at New Brighton, the point at which the river empties itself into the sea. Marshalled on the sands under their different flags, they marched to a spot previously engaged, and partook of a substantial repast. After some hours had been spent in pastimes on the sands, the steamers were again in requisition, the march through Liverpool was repeated, and this immense family were conveyed by rail safely to their homes.