Sarnia celebrates first 100 years in style

City Hall was a busy place last week when Sarnia officially marked the 100th anniversary of its incorporation as a city, on May 7, 1914.

The birthday party featured a cake-cutting, the St. Clair marching band and school choir, a town crier and a trio of centenarians.

Children from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Junior Kindergarten and Day Care sang O Canada and happy birthday in Anishinaabwmowin.

Dignitaries on hand for the occasion included the Lt. Governor of Ontario, David C. Onley, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, Aamjiwnaang Chief Chris Plain, and Lambton County Warden Todd Case.

One hundred years ago Prince Arthur, who was the Governor-General of Canada, arrived in Sarnia with his daughter Princess Patricia to grant official city status.

That visit gave Sarnia its nickname of the Imperial City, Onley said.