U2 Day a hit in Springhill
A tearful crowd cheered as the final words to the Ballad of Springhill were sung at Lions Park in Springhill on U2 Day. – Jocelyn Turner Amherst Daily News
SPRINHILL – Hundreds gathered in Springhill’s Lions Park on Sunday to join in on the mass sing along of the Ballad of Springhill.
Musical entertainment as part of the ‘Beautiful Day’ music fest played throughout the afternoon leading up to the mass singing. Visitors to Springhill were able to enjoy a barbecue provided by the Springhill Volunteer Fire Department and test out their knowledge of U2 and their home country of Ireland in a U2/Ireland trivia competition.
Performer Lisette ‘Mis Liz’ Sumbu said a day like U2 Day brings everyone together in support of the town and in support of local artists.
“It’s extremely important just to bring the community together and to promote local artists,” said Sumbu. “People love music and the sense of togetherness really I think helps a community.”
Sumbu said the event started out with hopes of an appearance from the U2 themselves to honor them for the ballad.
“I don’t think it matters at all if they show,” said Sumbu. “I think probably there is a bunch of people I imagine that everyone’s hoping, but I don’t really think it matters. At first, I think it mattered before they got here, but now that they’re here, I think they’re just happy the community is doing something. It’s nice to see a big crowd out, you don’t see that very often. I don’t think they cared once they got here, they’re good and they’re jamming.”
Springhill Mayor Allen Dill said the idea behind the event was to remember the ones who passed away in the 1958 bump and to remind the town and community they are strong.
“Once the U2 band announced they were coming to Moncton, some citizens come to me with this great idea. The chamber came to me with this proposal, so we said yes,” said Dill. “It’s a connection, but then again, Springhill needs something. Springhill needs this. What we need is a family event and this is a family event. We said as long as it’s citizen driven and as long as the citizens come to council to help us, we would create the environment to make sure it’s successful. That’s what we’ve done.”
Dill said an event like U2 Day was something the town of Springhill needed.
Although U2 did not appear for the sing along, Dill awarded band members with a certificate to recognize them as honorary members of the town.