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"Theodore Too" Helps Celebrate Natal Day
(Thursday, August 1/2002)-- The arrival of the "Theodore Too" tugboat at Sackville Landing tomorrow afternoon will be one of the highlights of the Halifax and Dartmouth Natal Day celebrations.
Mayor Peter Kelly and members of the Theodore Tugboat Foundation, who will be at dockside to greet the life-sized replica of the internationally acclaimed children's program character, today urged the residents of Halifax Regional Municipality to turn out and show their support for keeping Halifax-Dartmouth as the tug's home port.
An HRM special advisory committee (Theodore Tugboat Foundation) is putting together a proposal to purchase the tug and its intellectual properties from the receivers of the bankrupt Cochran Entertainment company.
The Mayor and Committee members persuaded the receiver to allow the tug to be moved to the Halifax waterfront for the Natal Day weekend. Although visitors will not be permitted onboard, the visit will help to promote the efforts to keep the boat here. The Committee attempted to negotiate with the receiver to permit Theodore to visit the Dartmouth waterfront for one day during the celebrations but was unsuccessful in their efforts.
Mayor Kelly said visitors to Sackville Landing over the weekend will be asked to sign a banner, supporting the campaign to keep the Theodore Tugboat replica in the "Big Harbour".
He said "The Theodore Tugboat program is known and loved by thousands of children in many countries around the world. Many people know the series was developed and produced in the "Big Harbour", so it is only fitting that we make every attempt to keep "Theodore Too" here in its home port."
The Mayor said there are a huge number of events planned throughout Dartmouth and Halifax for the four-day Natal Day festivities, which will appeal to every age group. The annual parade, pancake breakfasts, concerts, road races and fun runs are just a few of the popular events scheduled.
"We've got a lot to celebrate, because we live in one of the finest Regions in the world. We are proud of our rich heritage and unique culture, we value our clean environment and we enjoy our excellent quality of life, " the Mayor added.
When: Friday, August 2, 2002
Where: Wharf-side, Sackville Landing (adjacent to the Maritime Museum)
Time: 1 p.m.
Mayor Peter Kelly