Atlantic Tides – Christmas tradition marks 37 years
BOTWOOD, NL — It’s been a Christmas tradition in Botwood for over 30 years.
Each year the Botwood Kinsmen ensure an enjoyable Christmas season for local seniors with a Christmas party, complete with a hot roast beef dinner at the Legion, followed by a dance and a visit from Santa Claus at the Kin Centre next door.
This year’s event was held Friday night, Dec. 01.
One of the traditions of the evening is presenting a gift to the oldest man and oldest woman in attendance. This year the oldest man was Owen Langdon, aged 87 years 10 months, and the oldest lady was Bessie Elliott, aged 98. The Lucky cup was won by Sylvia Rice and the lucky chair winner was Margret Hawkins.
After the prizes were awarded everyone moved to the Kin Centre for a dance with music by local musicians, and to await a visit from old Saint Nick.
The band had the dance floor jumping and soon everyone was waiting for the man in the red suit. As quick as a flash, in walked Santa Claus to greet the seniors and hand out door prizes.
There were smiles all around as names were called and prizes handed out.
As Santa left the seniors to dance the night away he could be heard wishing all a Merry Christmas and all a good night.
Submitted by Richard Corine, Botswood Kinsmen