Legion starts off Canada Day festivities on the right foot

Double Barrel performed to a large crowd.

GORE BAY – The Western Manitoulin Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) Branch 514 in Gore Bay was certainly a terrific venue to relax, hear great music and enjoy a game of washer toss as they held their pre-Canada Day celebrations this past Sunday. The day also provided an opportunity for the Legion to recognize two deserving local residents for their participation at RCL events over many years. 

“Happy Canada Day celebrations,” stated singer-musician Dave Southwood at the opening of the day’s events. “Every day you wake up in Canada is a great day.” 

After his musical set, Mr. Southwood was followed by Jamie Mohamed, the band Double Barrel, Missy and the Speed Wobbles and Boot Leroy providing great music during the day and well into the evening. 

As part of the festivities, a washer toss tournament was held during the afternoon with Holly Clark and Connie Prior taking first place. 

Carrie Lewis, president of RCL Branch 514, took an opportunity during the day to present a gift from the Legion to two Gore Bay women who have been very active participants in Legion events over many years. “Ever since I started volunteering for the town on town council and the Legion executive, there are two people who attend just about everything the Legion and the town holds, providing their support to the Legion over the years.” She presented Beulah Hester and Nancy Clarke with Legion jackets.

Ms. Lewis acknowledged, “the tremendous amount of assistance the Legion received from the Town of Gore Bay public works department in putting up and taking down the tents for the day. And there is a core volunteer group from the Legion that helped to put on the Canada Day activities today. We thank all the dedicated people who came out and helped out and those who provided the musical entertainment as well.”