August 23, 2014 4:15 pm

Edmonton neighbourhood celebrates 100 years

The community of Beverly celebrates its centennial with a parade along 118 Ave., Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Global News

EDMONTON – A parade, music, performers, and fireworks. It’s exactly what you would expect during a centennial celebration.

On Saturday, Edmontonians enjoyed it all during Beverly’s 100 year celebration.

“It’s maintained its small town ambience, and this was a good reason to party,” said Centennial Coordinator Shirley Lowe.

Beverly was incorporated as its own town on August 15, 1914. In 1961, the community become part of Edmonton.

The man who served as the parade marshall during Saturday’s parade knows all about Beverly’s history. Harold Jinks turns 101-years-old this year.

100-year-old Harold Jinks serves as the parade marshall for the centennial celebration of Beverly, Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Brad Gowan, Global News

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“Harold Jinks was a young hockey player in 1933-34 when they won the Alberta championships, and he was playing for the Bush Mine then. There were three big mines in the area, coal mines,” recalled Lowe.

Saturday’s events were a culmination of initiatives to celebrate the old neighbourhood’s centennial.

“The historical society has done a lot of different things. There’s a mural program, they’re marking the mines in the old town hall, school programs, we’ve opened an interpretive centre,” explained Lowe.

“It’s time now to bring the community together and celebrate the community itself.”

To learn more about Beverly’s history, go to the community’s website.

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