For the last 147 years, people of Scottish descent – and those who wish they were – have been getting together in Petrolia for St. Andrew’s Day. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and Nov. 30th became the time for the St. Andrew’s Society to meet and celebrate their roots. The tradition lives on in six communities in Canada, including Petrolia. Thursday over 100 people, including the longest-serving member of the St. Andrew’s Society in Petrolia, Dr. Robert Green, were on hand for the festivities. They came together to eat a traditional meal which included Haggis, which was paid homage to through the poetry of Robbie Burns by Tom Rankin and paraded around the Petrolia Legion by Ivan Bryce. Dancers from the School of Irish Dance and the Sarnia Royal Canadian Legion Pipe and Drum band provided the entertainment for the evening.
Heather Wright Photos
Heather Wright Photos.