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2011 Loyalist Week Celebrations in New Brunswick

Loyalist Church service in Trinity Church St John
Loyalist Week started on Sunday with a church parade at Trinity Anglican Church in Saint John. (Trinity is the oldest congregation in the City, having been founded by Loyalists very shortly after their arrival in 1783. The current building was constructed following the Great Fire of 1877 and houses many historical artifacts, including the Royal Coat of Arms that used to be located in the Council Chamber of the old State House in Boston, which was removed when the city was evacuated by the British.) Several of our members participated in the service and enjoyed the fellowship of the congregation afterwards.

Master of Ceremonies,  Terry Keleher
Master of Ceremonies, Terry Keleher, in the role of Major Gilford Studholm, the commander of Fort Howe in Loyalist times, welcomes everyone.

Dignitaries on the platform
The crowd was welcomed by Councillor Chris Titus, on behalf of the City of Saint John, Minister Trevor Holder, on behalf of the Government of New Brunswick and MP Rodney Weston, on behalf of the Government of Canada.

There were many children in the audience
A large number of school children, many in period clothing, attended the ceremonies.

Placing geraniums during the ceremony.
During the ceremonies, school children symbolically placed geraniums.

There was a very good audience for the event.
It is great to see the younger generation involved in celebration of our history.

Birthday cakes to celebrate Loyalist Day
There was lots of birthday cake to ease any hunger pains.

Closing dinner at the Union Club
The Loyalist Day celebrations closed with a reception and dinner held at the historic Union Club in Saint John. Following the dinner we were privileged to hear a presentation by noted architect John Leroux who talked about “The Loyalist influence on Architecture”. His visual presentation attracted a lot of interest and his lively style meant that nobody was bored. In fact, your president had to prematurely end the question and answer period so that Mr. Leroux could make the drive back to Fredericton in reasonable time.