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Town ends 10 days of celebration on high note

“Successful” is probably the most suitable word to use in relation to Botwood’s celebrations of its milestone anniversary and Come Home Year events. But that’s not the only word that people have been using to describe the town’s collaborative efforts to pull off such a major celebration.

One of the youngest to ride along on a float during the Botwood Day parade Monday morning was 10-month-old Zachary Hancock. While other kids may have found the sounds of the parade a bit mesmerizing and distracting, this little boy was eager to join in on

“Successful” is probably the most suitable word to use in relation to Botwood’s celebrations of its milestone anniversary and Come Home Year events.

But that’s not the only word that people have been using to describe the town’s collaborative efforts to pull off such a major celebration.

 “It’s overwhelming, how many people have taken part, and volunteering. It’s a community effort and everyone is putting every effort into it.”

Those were the words of one volunteer, Botwood resident Bill Chaytor, who was driving a decked-out pickup truck sporting Royal Canadian Legion banners – as used in presentations for their colour party – to help out the Botwood branch of the Legion during the Botwood Day parade on Monday.

“It’s overwhelming, how many people have taken part, and volunteering. It’s a community effort and everyone is putting every effort into it.” Bill Chaytor

Mr. Chaytor is not a veteran, but he wanted to give the organization a hand anyway.

The parade was among the highlights of the 10-day stretch of festivities combining Botwood’s regular civic celebrations,  marking Come Home Year events, the town’s 150th anniversary and 50 years of incorporation.

That’s a lot to celebrate, but the combination of volunteers from all walks of life, from church and service groups to government employees, schools and committed individuals – and the talents all of these people brought along – made for a heady celebration of civic pride, culture and history.

The politicians representing the region had no hesitation in sharing Botwood’s moment in the sun.

Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion, Come Home Year committee, Botwood Heritage Society

Geographic location: BOTWOOD, Fort MacMurray

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  • Tom Pinsent
    August 09, 2010 - 20:04

    To say that the Botwood Come Home Year was a major success would be an understatement. It was outstanding in every way and it was evident that spirit of Botwood is alive and well for not only for the people in the town, but, for those who are currently living of the island. This will be the talk of the town for years to come and is a model for other communities to follow. Congratulations to the organizing committee and the people of the Botwood for your accomplishment. Thank you also for showing your trust in having G.L.A. Audio Visual serve you and be a part of this spectacular event and for supporting local business. Special thanks to Murray Roberts and Scott Scieviour for your support. Well done!