Labour Day in the Twin Towns

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - EDITORIAL - Clay­ton Bil­lard Twin Town His­tory

Labour Day, Mon­day, Sept. 5, 1949, brought ex­cel­lent weather to the Twin Towns. Col­or­ful flags were fly­ing and mem­bers of the var­i­ous unions lined up for the pa­rade at Ju­bilee Lodge in Chan­nel.

A mo­tor ve­hi­cle was in the lead, dec­o­rated for the pur­pose, and car­ried a type­writer as a sym­bol of all the trades. Fol­low­ing the line up, the pa­rade – con­sist­ing of a huge crowd – went di­rect to St. James’ Church to at­tend divine ser­vice. A most in­spir­ing ser­mon was de­liv­ered by the Rec­tor, the Rev­erend Ge­orge Martin, who took for his text the well-known words “Wor­thy of his hire” (St. Luke 10:7)

Fol­low­ing ser­vice at the church, the pa­rade pro­ceeded to the First World War Me­mo­rial op­po­site the Court House in Chan­nel, where wreaths were placed. Fol­low­ing the singing of the na­tional an­them, the pa­rade went as far as Martin’s Hill in Port aux Basques and then re­turned to the Ju­bilee lodge room.

While march­ing past the town of­fice, the pa­rade was greeted by a blast from the town siren. Although it was only a short blast, and not the reg­u­lar fire sig­nal, it caused some con­fu­sion and peo­ple were in­quir­ing about the scene of the fire. How­ever, it was soon dis­cov­ered why the alarm went off.

Dur­ing the evening, a dance and tea were held in the So­ci­ety of United Fish­er­men’s Hall with in­vited guests present. An en­joy­able evening was spent by all in at­ten­dance. The labour move­ment was well rep­re­sented.

A wharf ex­ten­sion was un­der­way at the fish­ing premises of T. J. Hardy on Point Pleas­ant in Port aux Basques har­bour, for­merly the site of Em­manuel Pike’s ear­lier busi­ness. Good progress was be­ing made and sev­eral car­loads of logs had been used thus far in the pier con­struc­tion.

Re­open­ing of the schools af­ter the sum­mer va­ca­tion took place on Tues­day, Sept. 6, 1949. A high num­ber of pupils reg­is­tered at St. James High School, ap­prox­i­mately 470, and at the United School an­other 200 pupils had reg­is­tered, mak­ing a to­tal of about 670 pupils at­tend­ing school. At the open­ing it was feared sev­eral class­rooms would re­main closed for a while since there were sev­eral va­can­cies, but these had now been filled. One school (prob­a­bly Lakes­brook) re­mained closed ow­ing to short­age of teach­ers. The schools had set­tled down for a busy term.

Plans were be­ing con­sid­ered for or­ga­niz­ing the Sea Cadets in the Twin Towns and vicin­ity. This youth move­ment had al­ways been worth­while. It would, over a pe­riod of time, give to all who joined its ranks a good train­ing that would be of much ad­van­tage to them in later life. It would also help train them to be good ci­ti­zens. This or­ga­ni­za­tion would un­doubt­edly re­ceive its share of pub­lic sup­port in its in­fancy, but it was hoped that it would not be dropped, which hap­pened with other youth projects started here at one time or an­other.

For­ma­tion of Royal Cana­dian Army Cadet Corps had re­cently been in­tro­duced into the prov­ince. Army Cadet Corps were to be es­tab­lished at St. James High School in Chan­nel; St. Bernard’s School at Cor­ner Brook; the Cor­ner Brook Pub­lic School and the Grand Falls Amal­ga­mated School. The Church Lad’s Bri­gade was ac­tive in St. John’s.

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