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Restoration of The Spirit of Sir John A. wins Heritage Week Award
May 30, 2013 -
The restoration of The Spirit of Sir John A. – the iconic locomotive Engine 1095 that sits in Confederation Park – last night received a Heritage Week Award from Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area.
"This award acknowledges the hard work of the remarkable volunteers of Local 221, enthusiasm for this project ensured it was completed with a combination of expertise and passion," says Colin Wigington, Manager of Culture. "A number of associated unions and industry partners also got involved, helping to ensure the skills available matched the complexity of the project. The project was completed by the community for the community, a remarkable accomplishment and demonstration of civic pride."
In addition to the wide-ranging work done by City staff, contractors and specialist to move and restore Engine 1095 – a beloved symbol of Kingston's industrial heritage – work on this project was donated by:
- Local 221, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, Kingston (since amalgamated with Local 401): Brian Maloney, Paulette Nagle, John Graham and Greg Hulse.
- The Engine 1095 Restoration Volunteer Group: Ian Craig, George Dillon, Ken Gies, Bob Heintz, Dave Jackson, Rob McCleave, Paulette Nagle, Graham Oberst, David Page, Malcolm Peakman, Douglas Rickaby and Douglas R. G. Smith.
They all will take part in a rededication ceremony for Engine 1095 now being for organized to take place in Confederation Park at 1 p.m. on Canada Day to coincide with the locomotive's centenary.
The Heritage Week Awards issued by Downtown Kingston! recognize that the ongoing preservation and restoration of Kingston's heritage assets is critical to efforts to position the city as a wonderful place to live, shop, work and play.
For more background on The Spirit of Sir John A. and the details of its restoration, go to www.CityofKingston.ca/1095
Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.