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Celebrating a century-old building in Chilliwack

Capt. Ted Bowman appeared before council, along with 147 Airwolf cadets Benjamin Macaulay and Graham Macaulay to thank City of Chilliwack for its longstanding support of the Princess Armouries - JENNIFER FEINBERG/ PROGRESS
Capt. Ted Bowman appeared before council, along with 147 Airwolf cadets Benjamin Macaulay and Graham Macaulay to thank City of Chilliwack for its longstanding support of the Princess Armouries
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If the 100-year-old armoury building on Princess Avenue could talk, it would have some interesting stories to tell.

The historical building has seen both military and civilian use over the decades, and that continues right up to today.

Chilliwack residents are invited to take part in the 100th anniversary celebration of the Princess Street Armouries, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Capt. Ted Bowman appeared in council chambers Tuesday, along with cadets Benjamin Macaulay and Graham Macaulay to thank City of Chilliwack for its longstanding support of the Armouries, and to receive permission to carry the city's Greenheart flag.

"The city has been very gracious in keeping the building available so local cadets could have a place to conduct their training," he explained.

The city's Greenheart Flag will be carried in the military parade on Dec. 10, alongside the cadets' regiment flag, which represents the pride in Chilliwack.

"The cadets are proud of their association with Chilliwack," Capt. Bowman said.

There will be speakers, entertainment and light refreshments to honour the armoury's centennial on Tuesday evening.

There will also be displays and a military gathering or parade, inside the building, which was constructed circa 1913.

"We're very keen to folks from the community stop by and say hello," said Capt. Ted Bowman.

The Princess Armouries are home to the 147 Air Wolf squadron of cadets, which meets there every Tuesday night starting at 6 p.m.

The building was opened in 1913, and it was originally intended as the home of the 104th Regiment Westminster Fusiliers of Canada, lated renamed the Royal Westminster Regiment.

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

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