Nova Scotia tree arrives in Boston
City officials, school children and a police escort greeted the 15-metre white spruce as it arrived at the Boston Common Friday morning. (Photo courtesy of @BostonParksDept)
Published Friday, November 16, 2012 2:16PM AST
The Nova Scotia Tree for Boston has completed its three-day journey to the city.
City officials, school children and a police escort greeted the 15-metre white spruce as it arrived at the Boston Common Friday morning.
Paul and Jan Hicks of Jordan Bay, Shelburne County donated the 70-year-old tree to the city.
It left Nova Scotia Tuesday, following an official tree-cutting ceremony, and made its way across the Bay of Fundy, into Saint John and on to Boston.
Each year, a Nova Scotia family donates a Christmas tree from its property as a gift to thank Boston for the help it provided after the Halifax Explosion in 1917.
"All of us in Boston look forward to seeing the truck from Halifax pull up to Boston Common in November," said Boston Parks and Recreation commissioner, Antonia Pollak.
"We give our heartfelt thanks to the people of Nova Scotia for continuing the tradition of giving Boston a tree for residents and visitors to enjoy."
Four smaller trees were sent with the big tree, and have been donated to two Boston shelters, Rosie's Place and the Pine Street Inn.
"Holiday time at Rosie's Place means making sure everything is extra-special for the poor and homeless women we serve," said Sue Marsh, executive director of Rose's Place.
"Thanks to the generous people of Nova Scotia, and their donation of beautiful trees, our guests and volunteers will be truly in the holiday spirit."
The tree lighting will take place on the Boston Common on Nov. 29. Roughly 30,000 people are expected to attend the event.
Cindy Day and a CTV crew will be live in Boston for the tree lighting, bringing Maritimers the sights and sounds of the annual celebration.
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