Bells ring for N.L. Confederation anniversary in Ottawa

Published on April 2, 2014

The bells of the Peace Tower Carillon on Parliament Hill in Ottawa ran loudly Monday as songs deeply ingrained in the fabric of Newfoundland and Labrador were performed to honour the anniversary of Confederation.

March 31, 2014 marked the 65th anniversary of the historic day when Newfoundlanders and Labradorians officially became Canadian citizens. To mark the occasion, Dominion Carillonneur Andrea McCrady performed “Ode to Newfoundland,” “Squid-Jiggin’ Ground,” and “We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar,” amongst other selections.

“That’s a very moving part, really, to just stand there and hear our anthemic ‘Ode to Newfoundland,’ and then when you hear ‘We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar’ and those other wonderful tunes from home, it really does put a real thrill through you,” said Herb Davis, a former host of CBC radio’s “Fisheries Broadcast” who went on to a career in business and the public sector now living in Ottawa.

Davis said the crowd of over 100 who gathered at noon Monday was fortunate to have blue skies above them for the 15-minute event. Those on hand included Newfoundland and Labrador Canadian Senate members Fabian Manning and David Wells, former Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie and his wife Jane Furneaux Crosbie, and St. John’s East NDP MP Jack Harris.

“There were people there who were Canadians from other parts of Canada who also wanted to recognize and be part of that celebration,” added Davis.

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