And the Carleton Place Citizens Band Played On For Leah Bryce – Jean Craig — Irene Chamney– and Ruth Brown


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On July 7 of 1950, Almonte and Carleton Place took over the town of Smith Falls for Old Home Week. People poured down Highway 15 for miles, and the town of Smiths Falls was bulging at the seams. A monster cavalcade began in Almonte, then made its way through Carleton Place and finally led into Smiths Falls at 2:30pm. Led by Carleton Place’s snappy community band, the applause continued for miles and never had a chance to die.


Beckwith Street in Smiths Falls- Parade led by The Carleton Place Band- Photo-Archives Lanark

A bright smart red fire truck might have left Carleton Place a bit shy in the fire protection for the afternoon, but was a shining entry in the parade.Not until after the monster street dance ended–not for want of dancers, but for lack of music did the last crowds disappear.

July, 1950.

Photo below of the bandstand at Riverside Park in Carleton Place found in the lost Canadian files at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum– mid 1970’s.



About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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