Down at Billy Wareham's stage

Kevin Curley
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Arnold's Cove kicks off Heritage Week with more reveals

The Arnold's Cove Heritage Foundation celebrated another milestone as they held the grand opening of the Billy Wareham fishing stage replica on Monday.

The event, which kicks off the town's Heritage Days week, follows a year after opening the Wareham's fishing premises store.

The original stage and premises store carry historical significance for the town having been built by Wilson Wareham and passed down through the generations to his son Billy and grandson Lloyd.

Edna Penney, liaison for the Heritage Week Committee, says it was another part of their second plan and they will be building the wharf in September.

Billy Wareham's widow, 94-year-old Jessie Wareham, did the honour of the ribbon cutting alongside her daughter Flo and Son Lloyd.

"This is the second phase of the fishing premises. We are very excited," Penney told The Packet.

The event also saw the unveiling of two new history boards.

"The first was the history of the Drake house from the time they brought the house down from Haystack. You can see in picture that the tractor was pushing the mud around the house when they brought it down," says Penney.

The other history board is entitled In on the Heights and Down on the Barrisway, detailing the resettlement period of the 1960s and 70s

There are 17 pictures of houses still on oil drums and being prepared to move in. The billboard is a capture of every street in Arnold's Cove during resettlement showing the different stages of the town's progression.

The ribbon cutting was followed by a display of boats on the harbor then returned to the Drake House for entertainment and refreshments.

Organizations: Drake House, Heritage Week Committee, The Packet

Geographic location: Haystack

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