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Amherstview Lions Club Parade was held on November 4

Article submitted by the Amherstview Lions Club

On the morning of November 4th in Amherstview the Amherstview Lions and Loyalist Township Santa Claus Parade brought Santa and Mrs. Claus to the children of Amherstview.  The joy in the children’s eyes made all the effort worthwhile.  Among the fifty-five entries in the parade were two bands: The Brockville Lions Steel Band, and the Rob Roy Pipe Band and Highland Dancers of Kingston.  The glorious sounds emanating from the bands leant an air of excitement for what was to come.

The gentleman carrying the Canadian Flag was a veteran of high calibre and he led the parade.  Lieutenant Colonel Chris Wellwood was part of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.  With a chest full of medals we were fortunate indeed to make his acquaintance.

What’s a parade without its dignitaries?  These very important people included the following: Emma Tugnette who received the Citizenship Award at Ernestown Secondary School; Region Chair Lion Fred Brown; Member of Parliament for Hastings - Lennox & Addington, Mike Bossio; Loyalist Township Councillor, Ron Gordon; the Amherstview Lioness President Linda Hornbeck; and the Lion President of Amherstview, Bill Matier.  These six people contributed significantly to the Loyalist Township community and certainly deserved a position of honour in the parade.

Various youth groups took part as well and provided entertainment for everyone to enjoy.  Those groups included the Brownies and Guides of Kingston and Amherstview, the Loyalist Area Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, the Kingston Ringettes, Pulse Cheerleaders in Kingston as well as the dancers of the Rhythm Dance Centre in Amherstview.  The excitement of the youth groups was contagious and made the whole of Amherstview glow with pride. 

The Parade ended at the Amherstview Community Hall where the parade participants gathered for warmth and a hot lunch.  Hot dogs and hot chocolate were graciously provided for free by Foodland.  The hot dogs were cooked by non-other than Lion Ric Bresee and the Lionesses gladly leant a hand.  The son of an Amherstview Lion, Mark Taylor provided the truck that carried Santa’s Sleigh safely to its destination.  The Amherstview Lions are grateful for his essential contribution.

In addition, the Lions of Amherstview are appreciative of Danzel Smith who is the Facilities Supervisor of Loyalist Township. His crew assisted the Lions in removing two floats from the Lions trailer.  What a job!  Without the help of those men Santa would have been delayed on his trip to Amherstview.

Along the parade route non-perishable food and donations were collected in order to assist in filling over 130 Christmas hampers.  Those Christmas Hampers would be a gentle embrace for those in need.  The children’s delight at the sight of Santa and Mrs. Claus, the music from the bands, the youth groups who energized Amherstview and the warm hearts of the residents made the parade a significant annual community outing that felt like a giant party.