Digby's Founder’s Day celebrations

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on May 31, 2014

Admiral Digby

©Courtesy Town of Digby

Digby’s Founder Day celebrations are going to happen this year, or else, says Peter Turnbull, chair of the town’s events committee.

The first two years the event was rained out by huge downpours. Last year they moved to the rink when rain threatened to cancel it for a third time.

And then… the power went out.

Still the events committee continues to be optimistic and they’re hoping the town can celebrate its 124th birthday on Saturday, June 21 with clear skies and the lights on.

The celebrations start with a $5 community breakfast at the Masonic Lodge at the corner of King and Mount from 7 to 10 a.m.

The main events are happening at the rink and kick off at 1 p.m. with Piper Stuart MacDonald and town crier Peter Davies.

Mayor Ben Cleveland, MLA Gordon Wilson and our Scallop Days Queen Megan Hersey will cut the cake and open the barbecue.

DARC is offering a free open swim and Bouncey Kingdom from 1 to 3 p.m., and inviting people to set up for a community yard sale.

Al Dupuis will be performing for the afternoon as well.

United Empire Loyalists led by Sir Robert Digby settled the area in June 1783. The town was however incorporated on February 24, 1890 – 124 years ago.

Next year, as part of the 125th celebrations, the town is installing a clock at the intersection of Sydney and Water Street at the end of the median directly across from the cenotaph.

The Scotiabank has raised over $20,000 for the project, and the Masons have contributed over $6,000.

The clock is over 11 feet tall. Two faces will show the time and the other two faces will be tide clocks.