Essential Worker Parade Ends After Three Months in Cobourg But the Support Will Always Be There

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A tradition for a Cobourg neighbourhood came to an end after over three months of cheering on emergency services and essential workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Each night since March, residents along Robinson Drive in Cobourg’s west end would come out of their homes sharply at 7:30 p.m. and bangs pots and pans or whatever made noise in hopes that emergency service workers along with essential workers would hear them.

It was a show of support for men and women who are the front lines battling COVID-19 along with essential workers.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Stanley.

“People on the street really embrace that.”

“When the emergency vehicles come around the corner, everybody gets excited – it’s just fun.”

Most times, emergency service vehicles would participate in the parade of support, but resident Terry Stanley said residents completely understood if they weren’t available.

As a former Cobourg Police officer, Stanley said the residents appreciate so much the worker of front line workers and essential workers, but it’s reciprocal as well.

“I had a conversation with a officer from Cobourg Police and she said she found it really exciting to come up the street and see all the people out. It’s a win win.”

The decision was made after talking to neighbours to end the tribute after the 100th consecutive night.

Cobourg Mayor John Henderson and his wife came out for the final parade.

Sharply at 7:30 p.m. the quietness of the street was shattered with pots and pans clanging and banging. Moments after the sounds of sirens could be heard and the parade of vehicles started up the street.

Residents from other streets came and joined in on the fun.

Stanley said the tribute may be over, but residents will always appreciate the work of emergency services and essential workers in the battle against COVID

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

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