Win­ter games fondly re­mem­bered as Canada Games flag re­turns to Cape Bre­ton

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Mem­o­ries of one of the largest sport­ing events in Cape Bre­ton history were shared when the Canada Games flag was raised at city hHall on Fri­day.

The flag rais­ing was part of 50th an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tions of the Canada Games be­ing marked across the coun­try this sum­mer.

Cape Bre­ton hosted the win­ter half of those games in 1987.

“It’s hard to be­lieve 30 years can go by that quick,” said Carl (Bucky) Buchanan, who was among the or­ga­niz­ers of the ’87 games.

“I was so proud of the ef­fort of the vol­un­teers that didn’t let us down in any area of those games.

We had as our motto ‘chal­lenge to ex­cel’ and I think they cer­tainly met that chal­lenge and I think from there they en­joyed them­selves.”

The vol­un­teer ef­forts in 1987 would set the stage for Cape Bre­ton to host other ma­jor events in sub­se­quent years, in­clud­ing the World Ju­nior Hockey Cham­pi­onship.

Sur­rounded by old friends on Fri­day had Buchanan think­ing about some other big events for Cape Bre­ton down the road.

“I would like even to think that in the not too dis­tant fu­ture we could maybe host the sum­mer games,” he said.

“I think we cer­tainly have ad­e­quate fa­cil­i­ties and we know we have the vol­un­teer base. I don’t think it is too far out of the realm if we can get a group to­gether in the com­mu­nity and look at the sum­mer games which would be a fan­tas­tic tourist at­trac­tion as well as just to bring back that great feel­ing we had for two weeks dur­ing the games.”

Buchanan thinks such a move would be wel­comed in Cape Bre­ton and across the coun­try, where he said many still re­fer to the 1987 games as among the best ever.

“When I travel across Canada to var­i­ous events I’ll al­ways have some­one come up to say their daugh­ter was there or their grand­child was there and how much they en­joyed it.”

A re­cep­tion in city hall fol­lowed Fri­day’s flag rais­ing.

A trav­el­ling ex­hibit fea­tur­ing history and me­mora­bilia from the 50 years of the Canada Games will be on dis­play at the Mayflower Mall on Satur­day and Sunday.

GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mayor Ce­cil Clarke, left, and Carl (Bucky) Buchanan raise the Canada Games flag be­hind city hall on the Es­planade, Syd­ney on Fri­day. The flag was in town to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the Canada Games. It is trav­el­ling across the coun­try this sum­mer to host com­mu­ni­ties of past games. Buchanan was part of the com­mit­tee that brought the win­ter games to Cape Bre­ton in 1987. A re­cep­tion in city hall fol­lowed the flag rais­ing. A trav­el­ling ex­hibit fea­tur­ing history and me­mora­bilia from the 50 years of the Canada Games will be on dis­play at the Mayflower Mall on Satur­day and Sunday.

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