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.
“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.