Queens Hall

The London display had outgrown the capacity of the Exeter Hall after only three years, and in 1895 moved into the Queens Hall. By the turn of the century they had again outgrown the capacity of the Queens Hall, moving to the larger Royal Albert Hall in 1901. The displays in the Queens hall continued the well established and successful format of those previously held in the Exeter Hall. The Annual Report of 1894-95 reported: while several Public-Meetings have been held in different parts of the country during the Session, the most important was that which has now come to be recognised as the Annual National Meeting of the Boys’ Brigade, held this year in Queen’s Hall, London, instead of Exeter Hall as formerly. The change was in every respect for the better, the excellent arrangements and accommodation of Queen’s Hall rendering it admirably suited for such a Meeting and Demonstration as that of the Brigade. The Right Honourable Lord Kinnaird, one of our Honorary Vice-Presidents, presided with great acceptance over an audience which filled the spacious hall, and in addition to the Chairman the speakers were the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Down, Connor, and Dromfore, Honorary Vice-President of the Boys’ Brigade ; the Rev. Joseph M’Cormick, D.D., Canon of York; the Rev. F. W. MacDonald, General Secretary Wesleyan Foreign Missionary Society; and Mr. G. A. Henty, the well-known writer of Boys’ stories, who is also one of our Honorary Vice-Presidents. The music for the Meeting was supplied by the fine Brass Band of the Bristol Battalion, and the displays of Company Drill, Musical Drill, Sword Exercise, Dumb-Bells, Bar-Bells, and Gymnastics, were of a very high order. The admirable conduct of the 6oo Brigade Boys who filled the orchestra and the side balconies, and who were drawn from Companies in all parts of London, was in itself a striking testimony to the effect of Brigade training and discipline.

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