Happy Birthday Sarnia!

Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley with Mayor Mike Bradley at Sarnia’s 100th Birthday Celebration May 7, 2014 BlackburnNews.com (Photo by Melanie Irwin)

There was pomp and ceremony and celebration before a standing room only crowd at Sarnia City Hall today.

Dignitaries and members of the public gathered on this, the city of Sarnia’s 100th birthday.

Sarnia was incorporated as a city May 7, 1914.

Town Crier Les Whiting brought birthday wishes.

Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley presided over the event.

Other dignitaries included Mayor Mike Bradley, city councillors, Warden Todd Case and Aamjiwnaang First Nation Chief Chris Plain.

Also being recognized were citizens aged 100 or more, including Helen Grant, Phyllis Meade, Ivy Schultz, Myrtle Salter, Dorothy Jackson and Doris Watson as well as 103-year-old James Harris, Antoinette Clark who turns 104 next month, and 106-year-old Phyllis Moore.

His Honour David Onley and the mayor officially cut the cake to mark Sarnia’s 100th birthday. Free cake was also being offered at Lambton Mall, Bright’s Grove Foodland and the downtown library.

An open house at city hall from 4pm-7pm includes a free hotdog barbecue, displays, buskers, face painting and mini-train rides.