Lions fly colours dur­ing Santa pa­rade


The task of res­ur­rect­ing the Delhi Lions Club has been given to the Tillsonburg Lions.

The Tillsonburg Lions took the oc­ca­sion of Satur­day’s Santa Claus Pa­rade in Delhi to in­tro­duce them­selves to the com­mu­nity. The club has em­braced the mission with en­thu­si­asm.

“It’s quite an hon­our to be asked to be a spon­sor club,” Blair Oat­man, pres­i­dent of the Tillsonburg Lions, said while club mem­bers pre­pared the Tillsonburg float.

“The new club will be co-ed. If you’re look­ing to build a new club th­ese days, co-ed is the way to go. We hope our float is wor­thy PR (pub­lic re­la­tions). Court­land, Lang­ton and Vi­enna have Lions Clubs. Why not Delhi? Given the size of the town, we should be able to form a club here.”

The lo­cal Lions dis­trict ex­ec­u­tive tapped the Tillsonburg af­fil­i­ate to take the lead. The club has 43 mem­bers and a long record of com­mu­nity build­ing.

Fly­ing the Lions colours through Delhi is just one part of the process.

The Tillsonburg Lions will host a pub­lic meet­ing at the Delhi Friend­ship Cen­tre Jan. 19. There, they will an­swer ques­tions and field ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from po­ten­tial new mem­bers. The meet­ing runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The for­mer Lions Club in Delhi fell on hard times sev­eral years ago.

The club was al­ready suf­fer­ing

fi­nan­cial prob­lems when Nor­folk County moved Delhi’s am­bu­lance sta­tion out of their build­ing on James Street to a larger, more mod­ern fa­cil­ity. The old build­ing needed up­grades and re­pairs so the club sold it. It was later de­mol­ished and the land re­de­vel­oped.

Satur­day’s pa­rade was an oc­ca­sion for re­newal in more ways than one. This was the first Santa Claus Pa­rade in Delhi where par­tic­i­pants mus­tered in the area of McLaugh­lin Soc­cer Park at the south end of Main Street.

Since the pa­rade was re-or­ga­nized sev­eral years, the muster lo­ca­tion was on Lans­downe Av­enue at the north end of Delhi Dis­trict Se­condary School. The pa­rade, how­ever, was so large last year that Nor­folk County fi­nally said some­thing about pub­lic safety.

Pa­rade mar­shall Yvonne Cal­lan said there were con­cerns about a large pa­rade like this im­ped­ing emer­gency ve­hi­cles that might have to get through Delhi on King Street, James Street and High­way 3 while the pa­rade was in progress.

The new muster area and pa­rade route are more fo­cussed in the down­town area and the sur­round­ing res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hoods. Cal­lan says that is a good thing.

“This is more in the com­mu­nity so more peo­ple will be able to see it,” she said. “Older peo­ple will be able to watch from their porches in­stead of hav­ing to go up to the high­way.”

Cal­lan had some­one posted at DDSS late Satur­day af­ter­noon in case en­trants showed up with a float in the wrong lo­ca­tion.

Given the cold and a steady driz­zle, pa­rade or­ga­niz­ers were pleased with the turnout and the spirit of the par­tic­i­pants.

A to­tal of 50 en­trants planned to at­tend but about 10 can­celled due to the weather.

For­mer Nor­folk Mayor Char­lie Luke and Delhi Coun. Mike Colum­bus judged the floats and handed out awards in a num­ber of cat­e­gories. The re­sults are as fol­lows:

Best lighting: An­nette Mackay’s Santa float. Hon­ourable men­tion: Sharp Bus Lines float

Best mu­sic: SOS Tow­ing. Hon­ourable men­tion: Delhi United Church.

Most creative: Delhi Phar­masave. Hon­ourable men­tion: Cen­tral Erie In­sur­ance.


Dan Ver­ho­eve of Delhi was on an In­ter­na­tional 140 and with Delhi Foundry to­bacco planter from the mid-1960s, for Satur­day’s Santa Claus Pa­rade. The en­tire unit rigged up with a gen­er­a­tor and cov­ered in Christ­mas lights.


Judges named the Delhi Phar­masave float in Satur­day’s Santa Claus Pa­rade as the “Most Creative.” Help­ing pull it to­gether were Kait­lyn Duwyn, left, and Stacey Cole both of Delhi.


The Tillsonburg Lions and pres­i­dent Blair Oat­man flew the Lions’ colours in last week­end’s Santa Claus pa­rade through down­town Delhi. The Tillsonburg Lions have been tasked with re-es­tab­lish­ing a Lions club in Delhi. They will pro­mote the con­cept and gauge pub­lic in­ter­est at a pub­lic meet­ing at the Delhi Friend­ship Cen­tre in Jan­uary.


Linda We­ber, chair of Delhi Fallfest, helped pre­pare the Fallfest float fea­tured in Satur­day’s Santa Claus pa­rade through town.


A squadron of ATV’s ac­com­pa­nied the Trail­er­world In­dus­tries float through Delhi dur­ing Satur­day’s Santa Claus pa­rade. Hav­ing a ball de­spite the driz­zle and the cold were Ma­son Os­born, left, of Brant­ford, and Jakob Jor­dan of Wind­ham Cen­tre.

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