Is­lan­ders cel­e­brate

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

A swim in icy wa­ter and many lev­ees are used to cel­e­brate the new year.


Swim­mers in the an­nual polar bear dip in the Char­lot­te­town har­bour New Years Day made a mad dash into the frigid wa­ters, but they made an even mad­der dash back to the beach. More than 100 swim­mers and even more spec­ta­tors gath­ered at the lit­tle beach adjacent to the Char­lot­te­town Yacht Club for the event. As the swim­mers pre­pared them­selves, the spec­ta­tors lined the back­yards, drive­ways and rocks so as to not miss any of the ac­tion. Do­na­tions in food and money were col­lected for the Up­per Room Food Bank.


Premier Wade MacLauch­lan greets Mar­jorie Steven­son Daw­son and Wen­dell Daw­son as they move through the re­ceiv­ing line of the premier’s levee. The levee was held at the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre and saw a line of peo­ple ex­tend through the lobby and out onto Queen Street for this pop­u­lar New Year’s Day event. Daw­son is a mem­ber of the Phi­lae Shriners and his wife is a memer of the Daugh­ters of the Nile.


Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally greets a vis­i­tor to the univer­sity’s an­nual levee at the Don and Mar­ion McDougall Hall on the cam­pus. With him in the re­ceiv­ing line is his wife Va­lerie.


Mayor Clifford Lee, left, greets for­mer mayor Ge­orge MacDonald and his wife Ar­leen at the an­nual levee at Char­lot­te­town City Hall. Be­hind him is one of the many por­traits in the coun­cil cham­bers, this one of for­mer mayor W.S. Ste­wart who served from 1932 to 1934.


Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Frank Lewis greets Kate La­mont, 6 of Corn­wall, her grand­mother Joyce La­mont, and her step­mother Donna, right, as the La­mont fam­ily moves through the re­cep­tion line of the first New Year’s Day levee at Fan­ning­bank.

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