Sidney planning party for 50th birthday next year

Town Crier Kenny Podmore heading up celebration of two anniversaries in 2017.

Sidney is getting an early start on planing for its 50th anniversary next year

SIDNEY — Former Town of Sidney councillor and current Town Crier Kenny Podmore is heading up a new committee to celebrate not only Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, but also the Town’s 50th anniversary of incorporation as a municipality.

Podmore, who is the Town’s anniversary events co-ordinator, presented tentative plans for next summer. They include a street party, children’s carnival and a bigger, brighter Sidney Days and Canada Day celebration.

The Town’s 50th will be officially marked on January 1, 2017 — the actual date of incorporation — with an afternoon tea for residents at the Mary Winspear Centre.

If organizations would like to be involved with either anniversary, contact Podmore at 250-655-4631 or