Festival epitomizes community spirit
The Editor, On Saturday, July 29, I returned back to my home town of Dalkeith, with one of my next-door neighbours here in Orleans. The following is an e-mail he sent to me. I felt it should be shared with all those who worked so hard to make the day such a huge success. The whole day was wonderful.
A few observations regarding events up in Dalkeith. Yesterday afternoon (July 29) is an example how a small community such as Dalkeith, (population “a few plus a couple more”) can successfully organize a small event with limited resources (financial), no large commercial sponsors and manage to organize a street parade with volunteer planners and participants. In doing so, it shows the collective spirit of the total community. I do not recall seeing one entry declaring, “Sponsored by,” but each parade entry was a display of what ordinary citizens of the community wanted to showcase, be it displays of history, farming roots, or youth of the community. As well, what would a parade be without a marching band, horses and, of course, farm tractors? Of course, I suspect that someone in the community has a direct line to the weatherman -- a perfect afternoon weather-wise for a parade. Well done, Dalkeith.