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Tickle Cove recognized for iconic song


Lay hold William Over, lay hold William WhiteLay hold of the cordage and pull all your mightLay hold of the bowline and pull all you canAnd with that we brought Kit out of Tickle Cove Pond

The song Tickle Cove Pond, written by Mark Walker, is a classic Newfoundland tune, which tells the story of how a horse was saved from Tickle Cove Pond in the late 1800s by three men from the community.

That story is now immortalized in a new award for the province.

The Animal Hero Award will be presented each year to an individual or group that has shown outstanding act of compassion towards an animal, or to an owner of an animal that has displayed an act of heroism towards people.

The award was created by the province’s Forestry and Agrifoods agency, in co-operation with the Newfoundland and Labrador Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The award itself is a 10-centimetre coin featuring an act of animal heroism on one side and an act of kindness towards animals on the other.

One side depicts “Hairyman” the dog who assisted in saving passengers and crew from the wrecked boat, Despatch, at Isle aux Mort.

The other side of the coin is based on the song Tickle Cove Pond.

At St. Mark’s School in King’s Cove on Friday, two copies of the coin were presented — one to the community of Tickle Cove and the other to the King’s Cove Historical Society

A similar ceremony took place at Isle aux Mort last week as well.

Grade 10 student Ryan Connors accepted the coin on behalf of Tickle Cove and Thomas Ryan of the historical society accepted a coin as well.

Dr. Hugh Whitney, Chief Veterinary Officer of the Forestry and Agrifood agency, animal welfare consultant Lynn Cadigan and chairman of the Newfoundland and Labrador SPCA were all on hand for the presentation.

Whitney told The Packet that he and Cadigan came up with the idea for the award.

 “We deal with the day-to-day issues that you hear about of animal abuse and it gives a bit of a distorted view of life,” said Whitney. “You almost think that this is all that goes on when, in fact, people’s interactions with animals are very positive.”

At the ceremony in King’s Cove, musician Darrell Duke also performed the famous song.

Everyone joined in to sing along.

St. Mark’s principal Stewart Churchill said it was great for the students to experience the presentation.

“All the students were there and it was really nice to hear some of the history of it and to relate it to the communities that they’re from,” said Churchill.

Whitney says he was pleased with the reception in King’s Cove.

“They thought it was a very special moment.”

 

jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

The song Tickle Cove Pond, written by Mark Walker, is a classic Newfoundland tune, which tells the story of how a horse was saved from Tickle Cove Pond in the late 1800s by three men from the community.

That story is now immortalized in a new award for the province.

The Animal Hero Award will be presented each year to an individual or group that has shown outstanding act of compassion towards an animal, or to an owner of an animal that has displayed an act of heroism towards people.

The award was created by the province’s Forestry and Agrifoods agency, in co-operation with the Newfoundland and Labrador Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The award itself is a 10-centimetre coin featuring an act of animal heroism on one side and an act of kindness towards animals on the other.

One side depicts “Hairyman” the dog who assisted in saving passengers and crew from the wrecked boat, Despatch, at Isle aux Mort.

The other side of the coin is based on the song Tickle Cove Pond.

At St. Mark’s School in King’s Cove on Friday, two copies of the coin were presented — one to the community of Tickle Cove and the other to the King’s Cove Historical Society

A similar ceremony took place at Isle aux Mort last week as well.

Grade 10 student Ryan Connors accepted the coin on behalf of Tickle Cove and Thomas Ryan of the historical society accepted a coin as well.

Dr. Hugh Whitney, Chief Veterinary Officer of the Forestry and Agrifood agency, animal welfare consultant Lynn Cadigan and chairman of the Newfoundland and Labrador SPCA were all on hand for the presentation.

Whitney told The Packet that he and Cadigan came up with the idea for the award.

 “We deal with the day-to-day issues that you hear about of animal abuse and it gives a bit of a distorted view of life,” said Whitney. “You almost think that this is all that goes on when, in fact, people’s interactions with animals are very positive.”

At the ceremony in King’s Cove, musician Darrell Duke also performed the famous song.

Everyone joined in to sing along.

St. Mark’s principal Stewart Churchill said it was great for the students to experience the presentation.

“All the students were there and it was really nice to hear some of the history of it and to relate it to the communities that they’re from,” said Churchill.

Whitney says he was pleased with the reception in King’s Cove.

“They thought it was a very special moment.”

 

jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

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