Pic­nic, miners style

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY -

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.

HAR­RIET MCCREADY PHOTO

From left, Ker­win Dav­i­son, Dave McKay and Ken Hen­wood pre­pare to board the bus for the Miners’ Pic­nic in Parrs­boro.

HAR­RIET MCCREADY PHOTO

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.

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