Hat­ley cel­e­brates Canada’s 147th

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Hat­ley

Shady spots were at a pre­mium yes­ter­day, in Hat­ley, as thou­sands gath­ered around the Hat­ley Commons for the Canada Day Pa­rade and fes­tiv­i­ties. This year’s pa­rade theme was: “Canada – Strong and Free” and the float-mak­ers and pa­rade par­tic­i­pants in­ter­preted that theme in some very cre­ative ways! The Hat­ley United Church Sun­day school’s float had a pair of ‘oxen’ pulling a trailer of ‘birds’ to demon­strate its theme: Strong as an ox – Free as a bird! The Hat­ley 4H Club, cel­e­brat­ing a very spe­cial an­niver­sary this year, also had a wagon float that was la­beled “100 Years Strong”, car­ry­ing what looked like all

of its mem­bers.

The horse-wagon car­ry­ing this year’s in­vited guests was fuller than ever with of­fi­cials from many lev­els of govern­ment and a few lo­cal may­ors who were at­tend­ing Hat­ley’s event for the first time. Join­ing Canada’s Com­mis­sioner of Of­fi­cial Lan­guages, Gra­ham Fraser, was Comp­ton/Stanstead MP Jean Rousseau, Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid, Hat­ley mayor De­nis Fer­land, Barn­ston West mayor Johnny Piszar, North Hat­ley mayor Michael Page, Water­ville mayor Nathalie Dupuis, Comp­ton mayor Bernard Vanasse and Coat­i­cook mayor Ber­trand Lamoureux who was in­vited es­pe­cially be­cause of his town’s 150th an­niver­sary. He was ac­com­pa­nied by town coun­cil­lor Syl­vianne Fer­land who dressed in a pe­riod cos­tume as Soeur St.Louis de Gonzague to bring at­ten­tion to the town’s cel­e­bra­tion and rode in an an­tique car in the pa­rade. Ayer’s Cliff mayor Alex van Zuiden rode his own horse be­side the wag­onload of VIP’s.

Fol­low­ing the pa­rade, the VIP’s led the crowd gath­ered at the gazebo in a lively ren­di­tion of O Canada, sung in both French and English. Em­cee­ing the event with plenty of enthusiasm and hu­mour was Len­noxville Bor­ough pres­i­dent David Price, ac­com­pa­nied by Hat­ley res­i­dent Evy Miller, who was em­cee­ing the event for the first time.

The news­pa­per went to press be­fore the event’s big fi­nale: the fire­works at dusk.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

The horses of Misty Maples had a full wagon of dig­ni­taries to pull dur­ing the Hat­ley pa­rade on Canada Day. Some of the dig­ni­taries in­cluded Com­mis­sioner of Of­fi­cial Lan­guages, Gra­ham Fraser, and Mayor Ber­trand Lamoureux of Coat­i­cook which is cel­e­brat­ing its 150th an­niver­sary. Ayer’s Cliff Mayor Alec van Zuiden can be seen rid­ing his horse be­hind the wagon.

Pho­tos Vic­to­ria Vanier

This imag­i­na­tive float was sure to win a prize at Tues­day’s cel­e­bra­tion.

The of­fi­cers in the of­fi­cial es­cort car were tak­ing their task se­ri­ously at Hat­ley’s Canada Day Pa­rade.

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