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If the sun had been shining, Russ Townsend and Steve Williams predicted as many as car collectors would have brought their jewels to display in Fort Langley today. But, due to the damp weather, there were fewer than 30 cars and collectors who turned out for a brief, and socially distanced — for the most part — drive through the historic village in what the two car enthusiasts labelled the unofficial May Day parade.
They had chosen to flee their home in New West, which was overwhelmed by smoke after an overnight fire destroyed an old commercial building near the Columbia Street SkyTrain station. Looking to escape for a bit, the car lovers headed for Fort Langley. Early in the pandemic, the Surrey couple had ed other members of the BC Hot Rod Association for a few drives to long-term care homes and hospitals to help boost morale and say thanks to all the frontline staff battling the coronavirus.
This would have been year 99 for the May Day festivities that have, in past, included a parade, May pole dance, and a variety of community festival in the village. Have a story tip? : news langleyadvancetimes.
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The rather impromptu car rally was deed to replace the traditional May Day Parade and festivities that could not happen as a direct result of COVID safety restrictions. A Township fire truck brought up the rear.
Fort Langley is typically home to a huge May Day Parade and local festivities that draw thousands to the village on the Victoria Day long weekend. But the pandemic made a large public event of that kind impossible. So car enthusiasts hosted their own type of parade down Glover Road. There was at least one New Westminster couple overjoyed by the unexpected car show. Next story Agassiz Community Garage sale on tap for June 5.
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