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Grand Bank, NL getting set to welcome friends for Come Home Year this summer

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There’s snow on the ground and summer may feel like it’s a long time away, but preparations for Grand Bank’s Come Home Year are coming together.

In the blink of an eye Grand Bankers near and far, young and old, will be getting together for a time.

“I don’t think we’re doing too, too bad, but it’s always like, as you get closer that people realize, ‘Gosh, I got my holidays, I can go home,’” said committee chair Henrietta Hillier.

“The last come home year we were expecting a fair number and it seemed like they all just showed up at the one time. It was good when it was all done and we we’re certainly proud of the things we had done for (people).”

The theme for this year’s event, set for July 25-Aug. 1, is Friends A’ Plenty in 2020.

Grand Bank’s last held a Come Home Year in 2015. Hillier was chair of the committee for that event, too.

She said the 2020 committee is about 20-members strong and all hands are involved in helping out.

“It’s been good that way,” she said.

The event will be held the same week as the Grand Bank summer festival, Hillier said, adding efforts are being taken to ensure there are no conflicts in the scheduling between the two.

A Facebook group for the event has nearly 1,200 members as of Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Hillier said the committee is posting information there regularly.

Hillier said she always looks forward to seeing some old, familiar faces at the meet and greet.

A family-oriented mummers party and barbecue is another of the events she highlighted on the schedule.

“We’re hoping that’s going to go over good,” Hillier said.


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