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On behalf of the Port Stanley Lion and Lioness Clubs, I would like to extend sincere thanks to all the folks that participated in the Port Stanley Dicken's Day Parade last Friday night (November 29, 2013). Also, many thanks to those that came out and supported us on a perfect parade night.

There are too many participants and organizations to mention by name, but big thanks must go to the members of Central Elgin Council, Mayor Bill Walters and Deputy Mayor Dave Marr for joining in. Thanks to M.P Joe Preston and M.P.P. Jeff Yurek, for taking time out from their busy schedule to participate. Also the OPP for traffic control, the Port Stanley Firefighters, the Sailors Junior C Hockey team, who collected well over 500 lbs of non-perishable food for our local Food Bank. In addition, the Union members of the St Thomas Post Office, that came down to help out collecting letters for Santa. Thanks to all for your invaluable help.

Category prizes were handed out for entrants in the parade. They were:

  • Most Victorian / Most Unique ... Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
  • Winter Wonderland ... Moore Water Gardens
  • Best Youth ... Sheddon Soccer
  • Best Walkers / Best Illuminated ... Port Stanley Junior C Hockey team
  • (thank you Judges for your help)

Thanks goes to The Port Stanley Festival Theatre, for supplying hot chocolate to those gathered in the centre of town.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the major contribution that Mackies made to the parade. Instead of a parade fizzling out at the end of the route, every year Mackies have opened their doors (despite normally being closed this time of year on Fridays), and provided free hot beverages, cookies, and photos with Santa. This affords the opportunity for both participants and spectators to join up and enjoy the camaraderie the parade brings, and sometimes to reacquaint old friendships. So a big, big thank you, goes to the folks at Mackies, for a job well done and appreciated by all.

I've always said that unless people make the time and effort to be in the parade, there will be no parade. Once again, many, many thanks to the participants - you have made the village and the community very proud of your efforts.

Season's Greetings to you all ...

Port Stanley Lions Club member Ray Filewood
Secretary for the Dicken's Day Parade Committee


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