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Letter to the editor: Irish scouts thank NOTL for hospitality
Irish scouts at the Legion. (File photo)

SUBMITTED BY KIERAN CODY, SCOUTING IRELAND.

The following letter was sent to Lord Mayor Betty Disero. The author submitted a copy to The Lake Report for publication.

Dear Mayor Disero:

I was the head of contingent of the more than 300 Irish scouts who visited Niagara-on-the-Lake early in August.

I wanted to express our sincerest thanks to the people of Niagara-on-the-Lake for their hospitality and friendliness during our stay.

The scouts were awed by the number of residents who stopped and talked to them, and the welcome they gave us. From day one of our stay on the Commons we felt welcomed and very much part of the community.

In particular, I would like to thank the local Kinsmen and the Legion for opening their doors to us on the final night of our stay, after the deluge that flooded our camp.

Thanks also to your kind self for offering us the use of the community centre and the local fire chief who stopped by to check that all was OK. The scouts spent their final night in Niagara-on-the-Lake dry, in great spirits and sharing memories of their time in Canada.

As you may know, the scouts spent the two weeks before our stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. In planning for our post-jamboree visit we looked at several venues. We wanted somewhere where we could experience the community and culture of the locals, and we are so happy we picked Niagara-on-the-Lake as we achieved our aim tenfold.

Once again from all the Irish scouts, as we say in Irish, “Mile Buiochas” – One Thousand Thank yous. We hope we get to repay your hospitality someday.

Best regards,

Kieran Cody

Scouting Ireland

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