Dr. John Roberts

Dr. John Roberts

Heritage Walk explores streets of Williams Lake

Celebrating Heritage Week saw a group of enthusiastic historians took in a walk around the neighbourhood overlooking the Stampede Grounds.

Celebrating Heritage Week last week a group of enthusiastic historians took in a walk around the neighbourhood overlooking the Stampede Grounds.

Event co-ordinator Chris Hornby said about 14 people participated in the walk Feb. 19 that was guided by speakers Win Gooding and John Roberts.

Many of the participants were members of the Williams Lake Heritage Committee.

She said the group started their walk at the corner of Yorston Street and North Seventh Avenue overlooking the Stampede Grounds and Pinchbeck Park.

Win Gooding gave a talk on the Pinchbeck family and pointed out the grave of her ancestor William Pinchbeck  Sr. who is buried in the park.

As the group moved along Yorston and neighbouring streets the guides talked about the contributions to community life of Chris Garvey, Win and Fred Bennie, the Woodlands, Mary (Procter) Ailport, who lived in the neighbourhood for long periods of time.

“Some families lived there more than 50 years and raised their families there,” Hornby says.

After a walk around the neighbourhood Hornby says the group headed up Oliver Street to view the three wooden statues carved by Ken Sheen to grace the entrance of the city.

They finished the walk with a coffee break at A&W with its 1950s style architecture, Hornby says.


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