BIG DAY, royal wedding and all.
Today is all about Harry and Meghan. Seems like only yesterday it was all about Charles and Diana. Chuck and Di.
Back when Harry was just a little mite — not even two years old — and his brother William was only four, his parents paid a visit to Kamloops.
It was the year of Expo 86, and Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales were in Vancouver for the official opening. The next day, Saturday, May 3, was Kamloops’ turn (after a stop in Kelowna, of course).
It was a very big deal, though Princes William and Harry weren’t with them. Their father, Prince Charles, was theoretically the star of the show but Princess Di was the one everybody wanted to see.
Plans were made for festivities at Riverside Park, including local entertainment, presentation of a gift, and a walk-about.
There were a few nerves about how Mayor Jim Walsh would handle it. Jim was likeable, blunt and sometimes a man of awkward words, and as mayor he would be front and centre.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at email@example.com.