Santa Claus parades to go ahead in Wingham, Blyth
BY DENNY SCOTT
North Huron Township Council gave the go-ahead for five different community events during its Monday night meeting, including Remembrance Day events and Santa Claus parades in both Blyth and Wingham.
Council approved, with little discussion, Remembrance Day services to be held in the two communities. The services will be hosted by the Blyth and Wingham branches of the Royal Canadian Legion on Sept. 11. Council then passed motions supporting both the Wingham Lions Club and Blyth Community Betterment Group’s Santa Claus parades to be held in each group’s communities on Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, respectively.
While there was no debate about supporting the events, Councillor Kevin Falconer suggested that, since council members couldn’t hand out free recreational passes due to COVID-19, council support a free skate at the local arenas.
Falconer was informed that the municipality already hosts free skates on Sundays, though they aren’t currently going ahead due to COVID-19. Staff suggested a free swim at the North Huron Wescast Community Complex in Wingham, however Falconer said that wouldn’t really apply to people at the Blyth parade and withdrew his suggestion.
Councillor Anita van Hittersum, however, felt the swim was a great idea and made a motion for staff to set up a free swim during the traditional winter holidays at the complex.
Reeve Bernie Bailey suggested that, in lieu of giving away passes or candy at the parades due to COVID-19 restrictions, council and staff find “fun” costumes to wear for the parades.
Council also voted to support the Blyth Community Betterment Committee’s Rutabaga Festival and Homecoming celebration, set for next year.
According to a report from Recreation and Marketing Assistant Denise Lockie, the event is set for Father’s Day weekend: June 17-19.
“Over the winter months, the committee will be developing an activity plan, which will be presented to council in April [of] 2022,” she reported. “The activity plan will consist of a schedule of events that will be held over the duration of the weekend. The purpose of the event is to celebrate Blyth’s community spirit and increase commerce in the community. All North Huron policies and procedures, as well as COVID-19 requirements, will be followed for this event.”
Council approved motions agreeing to allow the Remembrance Day ceremonies to go ahead, to support the Wingham Lions Club and Blyth Community Betterment Group in preparing for the parades and supporting the efforts of the Blyth Community Betterment Group to pursue the Homecoming and Blyth Rutabaga Festival next year.