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Ladner's holiday tradition

Community ushers in another Christmas season with carol ships and tree lighting

The tree lighting ceremony, the hay wagon carolers, the parade and the decorated boats were a huge success last weekend largely due to a team of dedicated volunteers and willing workers who donate their time and efforts each year to help celebrate one of Ladner's most beautiful traditions.

It all started Friday night with the arrival of a caravan full of hay, Christmas lights and 130 enthusiastic carolers sponsored by the Ladner Gospel Assembly.

This year marked 35 years of caroling to the community.

They entertained a large crowd of at least 2,000 people at the tree lighting ceremony and also at the docks. Alistair Milne led the carolers in song and sang a duet with Aaron Milne.

Carl Derozio accompanied the carolers on the piano and Ray Webber was the master of ceremonies. Marie Webber co-ordinated and organized the caroling event.

Special thanks to Michael Wolzen of J. Wolzen Trucking for supplying his truck and a driver and to Trailer Wizards for supplying the large china top trailer. The hay for the truck was donated by Laura Wolzen of Greystone Stables and the generator by Double R Rentals.

Special thanks to the Ladner Business Association for all its help and for sponsoring this popular event.

After a short speech and countdown was given by Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington, the Christmas tree lights, which had been decorated by the LBA, were lit.

Kate Armstrong was the co-ordinator for the children's parade of decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons and the float sponsored by Delta Christian School. The bagpipers led the parade.

Roy and Val Botkin organized the beautiful boat and light parade.

Hot chocolate was enjoyed by all on Friday and Saturday thanks to the Ladner Legion.