A fun day on Sandy Cove Beach

Fam­i­lies re­lax at first an­nual event

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL MARYSTOWN, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

The sounds of chil­dren laugh­ing and play­ing mixed with roar of white capped waves tum­bling to shore. This was the sound­track of the fam­ily fun day held at Sandy Cove Beach in Lord’s Cove on Satur­day, Aug 25.

It was the first ever Sandy Cove Fam­ily Fun Day, but or­ga­niz­ers hope to make it an an­nual event.

Mar­garet Mary Martin, who serves on the vol­un­teer board for the beach, says there are no words to de­scribe how proud she is of the work that has been done in the area over the years.

“When we started the Sandy Cove Project our aim was to . . . make the beach ac­ces­si­ble again and fix the dam­age Hur­ri­cane Igor (2010) had done,” she tells The South­ern Gazette.

She says since the project started they re­ceived help from a va­ri­ety of sources in­clud­ing the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments as well peo­ple and busi­nesses in the area.

“The sup­port we re­ceived from far and near made us want to do even more so off we went.”

Martin says that no one can truly un­der­stand what goes on be­hind the scenes when it comes to or­ga­niz­ing a large event.

“No one knows the hours it takes to or­ga­nize and ag­o­nize over such a huge event. But when I took a sec­ond and looked around Satur­day at the cou­ple of thou­sand peo­ple all en­joy­ing them­selves on the beach and mak­ing mem­o­ries, all that work and stress melted away.”

She says the com­mit­tee us very grate­ful to all those who sup­ported and helped them pre­pare for the event.

“We for­ward to see­ing ev­ery­one again next Au­gust. I think our hid­den gem is no longer a se­cret.” Matthew Lun­dri­gan Dev­ereaux was, lit­er­ally, up to his neck at Sandy Cove when he vis­ited there with his fam­ily on Aug 25.

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Peo­ple from all over the Burin Penin­sula flocked to Sandy Cove beach in Lord’s Cove for a fam­ily fun day on Satur­day, Aug.25.

Hilda Cake, 9, tried her luck at one of the many dol­lar games at fam­ily fun day on Sandy Cove beach.

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