‘Follow these women’
Lieutenant-governor urges men to ‘get off your asses’ at royal anniversary dinner in Cupids
Lieut.-Gov. John Crosbie said he was “ill-prepared” to speak at an elaborate dinner in Cupids earlier this month celebrating the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
But the colourful and outspoken statesman, accompanied by his wife of 59 years, the spirited Jane Furneaux Crosbie, didn’t let that stop him from leaving an impression on the more than 100 well-dressed guests who were lucky enough to get tickets for the exclusive event at the Cupids Legacy Centre on Saturday, July 14.
The Crosbies had just returned from a tour of communities along the northeast coast the day before the event, and the Queen’s representative in this province said he didn’t have time to write a speech, “or any speech at all.”
But in true Crosbie fashion, he kept the audience engrossed for more than 20 minutes with a series of stories, lighthearted remarks and an upbeat assessment of how the province has faired over the last decade or so.
“We have seen remarkable progress, we have seen improvement, we have seen enthusiasm, we have seen people who are enjoying life. The economic activity is becoming more and more beneficial,” he stated.
But it was his praise of females — and his not-so-kind words for the male gender — that caught the most attention.
After generations of women taking a back seat to the men, Crosbie said the roles appeared to have reversed.
Lieut.-Gov. John Crosbie speaks to more than 100 guests at a dinner in Cupids on July 14 in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Among those on hand for the diamond jubilee dinner were Arthur and Sonia May. The couple have a residence in Cupids. During his distinguished career, Arthur May served as, among other things, president and vice-chancellor at Memorial University, and deputy minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He is also an Officer of the Order of Canada. Sonia is wearing a broach made from Cold Port China that was issued 60 years ago, marking the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was given to her by her late father, Alfred Streeter.
Among those enjoying an evening in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II were the following: (from left) — Elizabeth and Melvin Burt, Vern and Nellie Whelan, and Ruth Baker and Don Blackmore. Vern, Ruth and Elizabeth are siblings, and are members of the Whelan family from Cupids.