On July 9th, Kingston’s landmark Gaskin Lion revealed the facelift he received for his 100th birthday.
The League of Ukrainian-Canadians of Kingston donated the money for this restoration as a way to also celebrate the club’s own 100th anniversary this year.
A number of presenters spoke to the crowd attending the ceremony, including Councillor Dorothy Hector – there to represent the Mayor – and Sydenham Ward Councillor Bill Glover, as well as two members of the local Ukrainian-Canadian community and Steve Serviss – editor of the Kingston Whig Standard – who announced the winner of the newspaper’s Gaskin Lion photo contest.
Also in attendance was the city’s other Kingston herald – and current world champion town crier, Chris Whyman – who announced the unveiling and provided the crowd with a brief history of the Gaskin Lion.
Whyman spoke about how the lion has been a focal spot in MacDonald Park and popular with photographers – ever since being donated by the family of former Mayor John Gaskin in 1909 – and paid tribute to the work for “restoring our past, for our future”.
The Gaskin Lion – and a new plaque commemorating its 100th year restoration – is located in MacDonald Memorial Park near the intersection of King and Barrie Streets. Its restoration was performed by MST Bronze Ltd.
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