Ryde celebrates 135 anniversary in style Saturday with pioneer spirt
RYDE — There was a lot of reminiscing, kibitzing and good ol’ fashion fun and food as hundreds of Ryde residents, family and friends celebrated 135 years of rural roots Saturday.
After a busy pancake breakfast with MP Tony Clement dropping by to wish them well and bring an official greetings card from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Parliament of Canada, the crowds lined up along Barkway Road for a farm parade.
Doug Taverner drove an old tractor pulling the township’s first road grader that was first pulled by team of horses — a picture of them inside the old school in a historical display.
Gerald Cook brought his team of horses, the Shriners their fire engine, George White’s 1917 steam tractor was belting out steam parked in front of the Ryde Co-op Community Centre. Paul Hammond brought his 1948 vintage bus.
They parked out in the old hay/ball field where there were a few other displays and booths — along with the very busy barbecue.
And lots of ladies were dressed in period costumes.
Willa Cooper won the oldest person award. She’s he 89-year-old mother of Rev. Sterling Cooper.
Godfrey Cook, Boyd Smith, Earl Boon and Ron Winnicott and their families posted with the steamer. They all grew up in Ryde and went to the same school and high school and still live in the area.
Emcee Terry Pilger welcomed everyone and presided over a number of presentations to Ryde from the town, district and upper tier governments.
Inside the Co-op a video by Carol Wagg was a hit. The four-CD four-hour collection — which took three hours of production for each minute — was for sale, along with a book on the History of Ryde Township.
Both are still available through the Ryde 135 Celebration committee.
And while it was a little wet at points it didn’t dampen the spirits of the hearty pioneer settlers’ heirs.
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