Hat­ley’s Canada Day

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Hat­ley

The 103rd Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tion in Hat­ley drew a huge crowd again this year, de­spite the grey clouds that were hov­er­ing over the re­gion.

By pa­rade time, thou­sands of peo­ple were lin­ing the streets, wait­ing for one of the Town­ships best pa­rades with its magnificent horses, fan­tas­tic floats, pipers, lo­cal war Vet­er­ans, fire trucks, Shriner’s crazy cars and more. Some of this year’s new at­trac­tions in the pa­rade were a jug­gling uni­cy­clist, a minia­ture Sureté du Que­bec car, and a beau­ti­ful pair of oxen which took peo­ple on leisurely rides around the Com­mons in the af­ter­noon.

As is the tra­di­tion, mem­bers of the Whit­comb fam­ily, in­clud­ing Stan­ley Whit­comb who is now in his nineties and has been tak­ing part in the pa­rade since the 1940’s, were at the lead.

Al­ways a lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenge to or­ga­nize on Hat­ley’s small streets, the pa­rade got off to a late start by about twenty min­utes. Roger Coté, whose horse drawn wagon car­ries the of­fi­cial flags for the Open­ing Cer­e­mony, got a flat tire on the way to Hat­ley but ar­rived just in time to join the pa­rade. Len­noxville

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