Labour Day celebrated in Amherst on Monday

“It’s Labour Day. We’re all workers and we should celebrate it as such,” said Mike Clark, event co-ordinator

Dave Mathieson webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on August 28, 2014
Mike Clark invites people to come out to Labour Day celebrations Monday from 12 to 4 p.m. at Victoria Square in downtown Amherst. The family oriented event features live music, face painting and much more. 
Dave Mathieson - Cumberland News Now

The family-oriented event features live music by Travis Hatcher, Kent Beatty, and Andy and Hannah Melanson.

AMHERST – Labour Day celebrations are being revived in Amherst.

“A lot of big places have Labour Day events every year and Amherst hasn’t since the early sixties,” said Mike Clark, event co-ordinator. “It’s Labour Day, and instead of companies organizing an event themselves we can all get together as a town.”

The event runs Monday from 12 to 4 p.m. at Victoria Square in downtown Amherst.

“The invitation is extended to all workers, retirees, disabled people, and youth entering the workforce,” said Clark. “So it’s open to everybody. You don’t have to be part of a union.

“It’s Labour Day. We’re all workers and we should celebrate it as such,” he added.

The family-oriented event features live music by Travis Hatcher, Kent Beatty, and Andy and Hannah Melanson.

There will also be face painting and a charity barbecue hosted by the Cumberland Credit Union, with all profits going to the L.A. Animal Shelter, the Special Olympics and the Bridge Workshop.

A popcorn and cotton candy stand will also be available for families to enjoy.

Also, there will be ALS Ice Bucket Challenges.

“I was challenged, so when I get up between performers I will challenge other people,” said Clark.

Clark has been organizing the event since January, and says it has a personal dimension.

“My father passed away last year. He was a very pro-union guy and very community-minded,” said Clark. “So I’ve been doing this, in my own mind, to respect and honour him.”

Clark hopes the inaugural event catches on.

“It’s only going to get bigger as the years go by,” he said.

Local unions throughout the area donated funds needed to host the event and any remaining funds will be donated to charity.

Clark thanked the unions and thanked the town of Amherst for their support.

“This is my first time organizing a public event and the town has been really supportive,” he said.