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Dave Mathieson
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Cumberland celebrates Canada Day

True patriot love

AMHERST - Hundreds of Amherst residents came out to Victoria Street yesterday to celebrate Canada's 142nd birthday.
People dressed in red and white and proudly waved their Canadian flags as they made their way from vendor to vendor while listening to local bands and musicians all afternoon long.
The event kicked off with a flag-raising ceremony, then Mayor Rob Small, MLA Brian Skabar and Cumberland County Warden Keith Hunter talked about how fortunate we are to live in Canada.
"When you see the problems in other countries, such as Iran or Honduras, we should all be very grateful for the kind of country we live in," said Hunter.
Pugwash held its Gathering of the Clans on Canada Day, which kicked off with a parade.
Hundreds of people lined the parade route as people on floats, tractors, horses, fire trucks and vintage cars waved to the crowd while throwing candy to the kids.
Former Amherst resident Marion Bourque, who lives in a cottage near Pugwash, was out with her friend Phyllis Greer and said they were having a great Canada Day.
"It's fun to get out and see all the events, enjoy the entertainment and meet friends," said Bourque. "It's also a great time to celebrate our heritage and celebrate Canada's founding."
Pugwash held several other popular events yesterday, including a sausage and pancake breakfast at the fire hall, a highland dancing competition, the highland games, which included the ever-popular caber toss, a piping and drumming competition, and an antique car show.
Canada Day was the first day of Amherst's Four Father's Festival, which runs from now until Saturday, July 4.
The festival will finish off with a fireworks display on Saturday, beginning at 10:15 p.m.

Geographic location: Canada, AMHERST, Pugwash Victoria Street Iran Honduras

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  • Justa Thought
    January 18, 2010 - 11:17

    Great to see ppl getting together to celebrate Canada's Birthday. I have to say I am still VERY dissapointed in the town decision to take away our July 1st fireworks so they can use them on July 4th to close the FFF (Four Fathers Festival)....Last night just wasnt the same without seeing all of the families and kids pack the downtown area to see what is a July 1st ritual. I was at the FFF downtown yesterday and heard a ton of ppl share my thoughts on the town not holding the fireworks on July 1st...Shame on you town council and organisers!!! Why didnt you OPEN the FFF with a bang(fireworks) vs celebrate the american 4th of July??? What a great opportunity that could have been to announce the FFF activities or hand out the flyers hardly anyone seems to have gotten....Oh well....happy 4th of July everyone!!!
    Oh just wondering....are we changing our Thanksgiving to follow the Americans this year too?? Wouldnt surprise me!!

  • Mick
    January 18, 2010 - 10:42

    Maybe they could do like Disney: fireworks every night!!

    *It's a small (minded) world after-all!*