Letters: Douglas Day memorable

Dear Editor,

November 19 was again a day for us to remember: the day British Columbia was declared a province by James Douglas.

After attending the excellent Langley Township and City Douglas Day pioneer lunch at the Langley Events Centre, the mayors and other dignitaries came to the annual celebration at Fort Langley where, in 1858, New Caledonia became British Columbia. This year we were honoured to have B.C’s lieutenant governor in attendance.

The afternoon was delightful, made even more so by Her Honour Judith Guichon, her aides, the RCMP in serge, the wonderful Kwantlen drummers with Chief Marilyn Gabriel, and of course, our faithful piper Colin Barrett, who piped in the procession and played the Vice Regal Salute. 

Our fort volunteers were, as usual, impressive in 1858 dress. It was all very enjoyable.  

The lieutenant governor gave an excellent address, Mrs.Mark Warawa brought greetings from our MP, volunteers and staff did an amusing “reenactment,” and the program finished with a wonderful display of Metis dancing.

The event was sponsored by the fort (Parks Canada) and the Fort Langley Legacy Foundation.

Superintendent Reg Wilford, Mike Starr, and the staff were most welcoming hosts. It was fun!

Bays Blackhall, Fort Langley Legacy Foundation

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