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Postcards from Newfoundland

Yesterday, Aug. 24, Eurodam made it’s maiden call at St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and the folks there held a Freedom of the Seaport Ceremony to mark the occasion. The Freedom of the Seaport Ceremony originated more than 500 years ago when St. John’s welcomed sailors, pirates and fishing admirals to its seaport. During the ceremony, Mayor Dennis O’Keefe conferred the Freedom of the Seaport upon Captain Jeroen van Donselaar, which is symbolic of the justice and control the city bestowed upon the first fishing admiral to enter the narrows for the fishing season in earlier times.

The official Freedom of the Seaport proclamation.

Captain van Donselaar receives St. John’s port plaque from the ceremony emcee.

The Hon. Clyde Jackman, Newfoundland’s minister of tourism, culture and heritage, presents Captain van Donselaar a gift.

The Church Lads Brigade Avalon Battalion Mass Drum and Bugle Band was formed two years ago with the merger of the St. John’s Companies Drum & Bugle Band, the Foxtrap Company Bugle Band and the Upper Gullies Company Bugle Band. While each band continues to train its members separately, the full band comes together once a month to conduct standardized training in addition to performing at special parades and occasions. The band has more than 30 youth members between the ages of 10 and 20.

The Church Lads Brigade was founded in 1891 in London, England. Through the efforts of a young Newfoundlander, Harold Blacker, a C.L.B. company was started in St. John’s in 1892 — the first C.L.B. overseas unit. Today the C.L.B. in Newfoundland has more than 1,000 members in 22 companies spread across the Avalon Peninsula, with almost half of the entire membership residing in the city of St. John’s.

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