No finer spot than Quay to host Royalty

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To the editor,
Central Nova MP Peter MacKay’s article “Royal visit brings world focus to Pictou County” was most interesting and enjoyable.

He hosted their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and He did a great job on our behalf.

He mentioned it was a celebration of our local culture and heritage as well as our nation’s enduring connection to the Crown. He did mention the tour of the Hector Quay, with its backdrop of the beautiful Ship Hector.

I wonder what the Prince would have thought about the Hector and Quay being sold for $9, and I do hope no one told him about this travesty.

Royalty and the early Scots, especially the MacKays, did not lose any love for each other. A quick read of the highland clearances in MacKay country tells of the use of highland regiments to help the landlords force MacKay peasants out of their homes and then burn them so they could not return to them. Yes they have been known to burn some old people or cremate them live. They just wanted them gone – and good riddance!

Time has healed these old Scottish wounds but the MacKays still left in droves for the New World and the passenger list for the Hector is heavy with MacKays, including the piper.

The custom of Royalty is to see the civic leaders all get invited to meet them. No finer spot could be picked for such an event and I think it was great. I was glad they all went to the Hector as a reminder of its sale and how they all could have saved it if we had amalgamation.

Do you suppose the present owners will sell it back for $9 if amalgamation should happened and show what civic-minded citizens they are?

I am sorry I did not get an invitation to meet the Prince, as I always volunteer for the Joe Earle road races in Trenton on Victoria Day. I would have had to snub Royalty and that would not have been a nice thing to do!

Lloyd MacKay

New Glasgow

Organizations: Royal Highnesses

Geographic location: MacKays, Trenton, New Glasgow

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