Mayor’s Heritage Tea takes place Friday

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SUMMERSIDE — The City of Summerside is celebrating National Heritage Week 2014 with the Mayor's Annual Heritage Tea.

Volunteer Nonie Fraser, decked out in her finest fur, handed out tea at the Mayors Heritage Tea at Summerside City Hall on Friday. Amber Nicholson/Journal Pioneer

The community is invited to gather in council chambers at City Hall Friday at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the city’s rich heritage.

This is the fourth year that the City of Summerside’s will presents its Cultural and Heritage Awards, with a record 18 awards being handed out. Award winners were nominated through a public process and then selected by a panel of judges. 

“It is very satisfying to see the community nominate such a large number of worthy candidates for the awards. It shows an appreciation and growing awareness for what is happening on the city’s cultural and heritage front,” said Mayor Basil Stewart. “My hope is that the numbers keep growing as more cultural and heritage endeavours happen.”

Coun. Peter Holman, chairmain of the city’s culture committee, added, “The number and quality of nominations affirms the level of cultural and heritage activity identified in the cultural planning process. The awards serve to cultivate our cultural life.”  

The tea will also mark the 125th anniversary of Memorial Square, which was the first green space established in Summerside.

In 1889, the land that makes up Memorial Square was considered an eyesore in the community. A number of residents set about altering the situation in an attempt to improve the physical and mental health of the people of the day, an idea that continued to gain momentum. 

Today, the city has numerous parks and green spaces, totalling more than 130 acres.

The tea will also honour Island nurses who served overseas in the First World War.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.

Nurses who served in the conflict carried out their duties in conditions that played havoc on both mind and body, never receiving the same recognition for service and bravery that was bestowed upon the young soldiers.

Geographic location: Summerside, Iceland

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