Picnic, miners style
It was a warning they won’t soon forget.
Forty passengers aboard a bus recently headed for a Miners Picnic in Parrsboro received a stern warning from Martin Langford, acting as a police officer.
“The last two times you lot were here there was a bit of rowdiness, and we’ll have none of that,” he said.
It was all in fun of course and part of the commemoration of the railroad which ran for decades between Springhill and Parrsboro until 1958.
For many years, the miners and their families came to Parrsboro every year for a picnic, loaded onto rail cars re-fitted for the purpose and practically emptying the Town of Springhill.
The re-creation of the Miners’ Picnic was organized by the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society, in conjunction with the Springhill Heritage Group.
Along the way, many stories of the days of the railway were shared by Ken Henwood, Ed Gilbert and Kerwin Davison as the bus followed as closely as possible the route of the railway and then delivered the passengers to Ottawa House Museum for a picnic lunch.
A highlight of the trip was a symbolic exchange of coal for doughnuts with Dave MacKay at a former crossing at West Brook. Dave’s father used to provide the rail crew with doughnuts in return for which they would toss off a little coal in appreciation.
From left, Kerwin Davison, Dave McKay and Ken Henwood prepare to board the bus for the Miners’ Picnic in Parrsboro.
Martin Langford, acting as a police officer, gives passengers a stern warning during a re-creation of the Miners’ Picnic in Parrsboro on Aug. 19.