Trenton rink founders honoured with plaque

Amanda Jess
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TRENTON – Almost three decades after the Trenton Minor Sport Association turned the rink over to the Town of Trenton, the town decided it was time to publically recognize the 13 men that made the building possible.

The original founders of the Trenton Rink were honoured with a plaque from the town on Saturday. Pictured from left in the front row: Evelyn MacKay, on behalf of John MacKay; Nat Murray, on behalf of Demp Murray; Joan Addison, on behalf of Ron Addison; and Sandra Hattie, on behalf of Keith Wark. From left in the back row: Doug Brown, Charlie Fergus, Bill MacEachern, Walter Fanning Sr., Joe MacDougall, Ron Humphries and Scott Cameron, on behalf of Ralph Cameron. Missing from photo are Sonny and Danny Fraser on behalf of Skipper Fraser and Ed O'Keefe. 

The town unveiled a plaque on Saturday afternoon that demonstrates each founder and the work that went into establishing the rink.

“I’m very appreciative. It’s very fine to be recognized like this,” Doug Brown, former chairman of the committee, said.

All 13 of the founders were represented, six in person and the rest by their remaining families.

In the 1960’s, Brown and 12 others decided it was time the town had their own rink.

They had been renting ice time at the New Glasgow Stadium, but there wasn’t enough ice time available.

“Although they were originally told that the Town of Trenton was not big enough for its own rink these men decided the town was big enough,” Mayor Glen MacKinnon said during a speech on Saturday.

They approached businesses and went door to door, asking everyone to pledge money towards the construction of a rink.

The town gave them a piece of land in November of 1971, and they began building on a volunteer basis by tradespeople and others in the town.

The financial support from people in the town didn’t reach what they needed and they had to seek out a loan, which was granted by the Bank of Montreal in New Glasgow.

The rink officially opened in October 1972.

“Although many made the rink a reality and many continue to improve the rink, the 13 recognized here made a significant contribution to this project and most co-signed a bank loan using their homes as collateral guaranteeing that the loan would be paid off,” MacKinnon said.

They paid off the loan by running bingo in the town.

“It was a fabulous suggestion,” Brown said.

The rink was turned over to the town free and clear of debt on March 31, 1975.

“Their plan was fulfilled and their legacy lives on today in this very rink where generations of families continue to enjoy ice time,” MacKinnon said.

 

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  • Cathy H
    March 17, 2014 - 11:20

    it is too bad they did not honour them and close the rink due to the number of rinks that we have in Pictou County.

  • Frank Barteaux
    March 17, 2014 - 09:32

    I remember those days well and the excitement of the idea of an indoor rink. We as kids of the town grew up on the park lakes and the outdoor rink were so happy and when the rink opened I remember it was a skate on hallowen night. I thank all the men who made it possible for our town to build the rink. I couldn't guess the how many girls and boys benifted from the hard work done to make this happen