A 100th birthday party is being planned for Saturday, May 12, in honour of the late Frank Ney, former Nanaimo mayor. NEWS BULLETIN file

Happy birthday, Frank: Community can celebrate late mayor’s 100th birthday tomorrow

Party at Maffeo Sutton Park will include cake and activities

A public celebration will salute the man who used bathtub racing to put Nanaimo on the map more than 50 years ago, and set the theme for this city’s 2018 Marine Festival season.

Former Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney’s 100th birthday will be honoured Saturday, May 12, by his family, the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society and everyone who wants to come out for a birthday celebration at the Frank Ney statue in Maffeo Sutton Park. The event happens at 10:30 a.m.

Greg Peacock, Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society commodore, said birthday cake, balloons and refreshments will be part of the celebration.

“We’re going to bring the paddlewheel tubs, the Nanaimo Ambassadors are going to come down and give out the cake and balloons … and I think the ambassadors have a cutout of Frank that’s going to be there and you can have your picture taken with the ambassadors and the Frank cutout,” Peacock said.

The Frank Ney Statue will be decked out with flowers, a celebratory sash and balloons as well.

The event is an early kickoff to Nanaimo Marine Festival season which will celebrate Ney’s birthday throughout.


Just Posted

District of Lantzville spent nearly $90K on legal fees last year

Legal expenses up more than $40,000 over last year

MULTIMEDIA: All that glitters at Nanaimo Gem and Mineral Show

Second-annual event offers stones, crystals and handmade jewelry

UPDATE: Discontent City campers don’t plan on leaving

City of Nanaimo issues trespass notice at downtown homeless camp

RDN and CUPE 401 ratify three-year deal

Collective agreement retroactive to Jan. 1 and runs until the end of December 2020

Trans Mountain pipeline: Is it worth the risk?

Concerns range from the threat of an oil spill to the impact of tanker traffic on wildlife

City showcases power of public works to Nanaimo students

City of Nanaimo holds second Public Works Day

VIDEO: Regional district and B.C. Transit show off NextRide bus technology

New technology for Nanaimo bus riders will allow for real-time tracking

Federal leaders trade barbs about India trip at press gallery dinner

Justin Trudeau’s infamous trip to India earlier this year was the focus of many of the jabs

B.C. VIEWS: Our poverty reduction plan is already in place

NDP has another promise it needs to appear to keep

WestJet pilot strike averted as parties agree to mediation

Pilots had warned they could go on strike starting May 19

Out of control wildfire prompts restriction around Allie Lake

One of the first large wildfires of the 2018 season is blazing out of control

Most Read