Stanley Bridge area packed with fun events weekend of Aug 24-26

Story and photos by Jim Brown
It turned out to be double the fun for local residents and visitors this weekend in Stanley Bridge under sunny, cloudless skies. The River Days Festival ran Friday to Sunday and the 50th anniversary bash of the New London Fire Company was held Saturday, drawing large crowds of children, their parents and friends and family members of volunteer firefighters, past and present. It was a weekend that will not soon be forgotten.

At the Stanley Bridge Centre Saturday youngsters learned how to paint sunflowers in an outdoor tent setting, while the bridge at the Stanley Bridge wharf was a magnet for daredevils of all ages, bravely diving dozens of feet into the water.

A group of youngsters waited several long moments before diving off the bridge at the Stanley Bridge wharf.

Seven-year-old Hudson Thoy, from Stratford, got to shoot out a stream of water from a high pressure fire hose outside the New London Fire Company.

Volunteer firefighters use the jaws of life to dismantle a wrecked car at the New London Fire Company's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Meredith O'Dea, 7, was one of several participants at the flower painting workshop held at the Stanley Bridge Centre.

Devynn Wakelin, 4, and her mom Dorothy, from Rainbow Lake, Alberta, collaborated on some beautiful artwork at the Stanley Bridge Centre.

It only took a moment for this woman to plunge feet first from the bridge.

Anna O'Dea, 4, and Meredith O'Dea, 7, daughters of Jonathan and Jamie O'Dea from St. John's, NFLD, were at the Stanley Bridge Centre's sunflower painting workshop. Above, Anna is all smiles after a few brushstrokes .