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Digby Lighthouse to make the Voyage Home

11-Oct-2012

Please note: The location has been moved to Market Square Atrium

Public invited to send-off party

On Friday October 19, the Digby Lighthouse, which has served as a focal point on Saint John’s waterfront for almost four decades, will begin its journey home to Digby.

“Since 1973, this lighthouse has been a beacon on our waterfront,” said Saint John Mayor Mel Norton. “We’re inviting the public to come down at noon on October 19 to Loyalist Plaza for a send-off to bid it farewell.”

Earlier this year, Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland made a request to reclaim the lighthouse as part of the town’s waterfront development plans.

The lighthouse was built in Digby in 1903 but was decommissioned by the Department of Fisheries (DFO) in the 1960s and moved to the DFO location in Saint John for storage.

In 1973, the lighthouse was given to the City of Saint John during the opening ceremonies for the then new City Hall. It will be moved back to Digby via truck.

“As a thank you to Saint John for looking after the lighthouse all these years, I’m bringing 200 pounds of scallops to the party,” said Mayor Cleveland, who with a delegation from Digby will join Mayor Norton at 12:20 p.m. for an official presentation.

In addition to the scallops, the party will offer hot dogs, cake and entertainment. The event is free but there will be a free-will offering in support of Bobbi’s Hospice.

The event is sponsored by the Town of Digby, the City of Saint John, Saint John Waterfront Development, Market Square, Uptown Saint John, Enterprise Saint John, the Port of Saint John, The Grannan’s Hospitality Group and Sobeys Lansdowne.

In case of rain, the party will be moved indoors to the Market Square Atrium.

Return of the Digby Lighthouse

Friday, October 19th, 12-1:30pm

Loyalist Plaza, Uptown Saint John