The Blackville Women’s Institute recently hosted an afternoon of stories and music to celebrate our heritage on February 16 at the Community Center. This year’s theme was War and Peace.
The afternoon began with a welcome from Women’s Institute president Lillian Brennan. Local residents Frank Myers and Roy MacRae kept the large group entertained by performing several war songs, telling stories and jokes, and sharing war memorabilia.
Joyce Fortune, who joined the Canadian Women Army Corp in 1944, shared her memories of enlisting in the service as a young girl. She spoke fondly as she recalled her experiences during that time.
Ella Curtis, who enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division in 1943, spoke of her training in Ontario and Quebec and told stories from that chapter of her life.
Frank Myers and Roy MacRae then entertained the crowd with more songs and a reception was held. Memories of Blackville was there to capture the day’s festivities as a three part video series (available below).
A special thanks to the Blackville Women’s Institute, Lillian Brennan, Frank Myers, Roy MacRae, Ella Curtis and Joyce Fortune for allowing us to be part of this special celebration.