Spaniard’s Bay/Tilton will soon have it all
The name is taken from its historic “ lassy wall” which runs along the side of the old C.B.N. Highway below Holy Redeemer Church.
When the stone wall was built back in the 1830s, money was scarce. So the local labourers that built the wall were paid for their work in molasses, a coveted commodity at the time. In those days people used molasses to sweeten their tea, spread on their bread, make lassy duff, not to mention homemade beer and moonshine. Remember the lines from the traditional Newfoundland folk song, Moonshine Can?
Has it all
From 565 million year old fossils of the world’s oldest animals (Ediacara) discovered at Greenhead, Spaniard’s Bay to futuristic “power centres,” Spaniard’s Bay/Tilton will soon have it all.
Looking at the town’s “ very bright” future, Mayor Drover concludes “if all falls into place, I think we’re going to be a well-established town for a long time to come.”
O’NEILL’S Garden land has recently undergone a major facelift. BANDSTAND - A new bandstand was added to the town’s recreation complex last year. The enclosed outdoor stage is completely wired for sound and lighting. UNITED CHURCH - Designated a municipal and provincial heritage structure, the former United Church serves as the town’s museum, reflecting Spaniard’s Bay’s history, which dates back to 1705.
LASSY WALL - Like Holy Redeemer Anglican Church, which overlooks it, the Lassy Wall is a Spaniard’s Bay/Tilton Landmark. The edifice, which has withstood the test of time, was so named because the men who built it almost 200 years ago (1830s) were paid for their labour in molasses. SECRETARY-Sporting her Lassy Days button, Gloria Porter, secretary, is the first to greet visitors at the Spaniard’s Bay/Tilton Town Hall.