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The history of the Henley Arcade will be remembered now that there are murals on its walls.  For years, it has been scruffy and in desperate need of some TLC (Tender Loving Care).  The Vitalization project understood that and over the past twelve months has decided on a plan and implemented it.  Today the new set of murals by Heather Cooper was “unveiled” in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by virtually the entire Council (I didn’t see Larry Sherwin – but maybe he was low key).

The photos below show the new mural which covers the east wall from King Street for most of the distance to the Covert Street parking lot.

Gil Brocanier headed off the ceremonies and gave credit for the project to the special ad hoc committee plus a lot of hard work by Theresa Behan, the Town’s Parks and Recreation manager as well as Deputy Mayor John Henderson.  John said that although it was good that Heather Cooper was a Northumberland resident, that was not the reason she was chosen – it was because she was the best.

Up till 1926 the arcade was J.S. Bowen's Variety Store and Barber Shop but it then opened as a shoe and bicycle repair shop owned by John Henley. Unfortunately it was destroyed by fire in 1972 and then converted to the current arcade.  There’s a good account of this at Cobourg History here

Another speaker at today’s event was Fred Cory who is a grandson of John Henley.  He spoke affectionately of how his grandfather used to sharpen his skates and how he was well respected in the community.

There were about 50 people at the ceremony which included a ribbon cutting and finished with a cake cutting in the Art gallery.  Photos below include some by Warren McCarthy – thanks Warren.

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