By David F. Rooney
The CPR’s annual Holiday Train has established itself as a very welcome and thoroughly enjoyable Christmas tradition in communities right across the country. This year’s train was all of that and
more as it included a real surprise for Patti Larson, the Food Bank and Christmas Hamper Depot coordinator!
Here are some photos from Friday afternoon, December 13, event:
With entertainment from Melanie Doane with special guests Doc Walker, the Brothers Dube, Crystal Shawanda, Jim Cuddy, and Matt Dusk all you needed was a bonfire to keep you warm when the annual CP Rail Holiday Train rolled into town at about 3:30 pm on Friday, December 13. David F. Rooney photo Mayor David Raven welcomes the crowd to the Holiday Train. David F. Rooney photo It takes a very rare and very special occasion for Patti Larson to be struck genuinely speechless. But that’s what happened when the CPR’s mark Jackson handed here this over-sized cheque for $13,000 — more than four times what the Community Connections Food Bank normally receives. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said later. “I just didn’t know what to say.” After a couple of false starts, though, Patti managed some very profuse thank-yous. David F. Rooney photo These young ladies were ready to dance to the music. David F. Rooney photo The show was pretty good. David F. Rooney photo … no matter how you watched it! Some of the older kids found a perfect perch on a snow pile (right). David F. Rooney photo Revelstoke firefighters lineup for a group photo taken by Francine Hoyle. The firefighters serve up hotdogs and hot cocoa and coffee every year. They were sold out pretty quickly. David F. Rooney photo