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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LETHBRIDQC HERALD Friday, Dacambar 6, York ghosts becoming tourist attractions YORK, England (CP) The best thing ghosts is that they know no season, so they fit nicely into a spirited campaign to make York a year-round tourist attraction. Now, like an answer to a publicity director's prayer, a reluctant police- man, no recently come forward with a tale of ghostly Roman soldiers, add- ing to the growing folklore of hauntings and mysterious go- ings-on. Yet spooks are but a minor side-show in this remarkably well-preserved city where it is said "all the history of Eng- land" can be viewed. Only London has more vivid links with the past, but there much was lost to the grey tide of the industrial revolution, the war- time bombings and the ravages of modern-day prop- erty developers. York was luckier, virtually bypassed by the industrial boom of the 1850s, and the city took only two bombs during the war. Now a hard-bitten band of city officials, his- torians, archeologists and oth- ers are united in making life miserable for the developers, slapping protection orders on almost every building of his- toric merit. York, with a population of only also has the ad- vantage over London of being compact. Within easy walking distance of York Minister is the Multangular Tower, where excavations reveal the various stages of York's his- tory from Roman fortress town in 71 AD, through the Saxon period, the Viking stage after the Danish invasion of 867, to the Norman and then the Medieval period, the "golden age" of York. With tourism the third big- gest industry, after candy' making and the massive Brit- ish Rail operation here, most Yorkists seem instinctively and enthusiastically "history- very much attuned to their fabled past. For instance, a group of women volunteers organizes free walking lecture tours for visitors around the city. And high in the cathedral bellto- wer, the York Minister Socie- ty of Change Ringers, in- cluding men and women, pen- sioners and university stu- dents, carry on. the ancient FARMERS' and RANCHERS' TOUR Crulaor of Northern But. Sin Dlogo, Muatlan, Acapulco, Puarto Vallarto luxury P O Prlneaaa Crulao ahlp. 20 day BacorMd by STKVi and CATHY KOTCH Feb. 15th and Feb. 24th Twin as low as Limited imount ol par tour. Co-aponaorad by NORTHERN TOURS and Thomas Cook World Travel Service Phone or 329-3336 tradition of Sunday morning chiming. The minister itself has a staff of 40 stonecutters, carvers and workmen to maintain the cathedral, in ad- dition to a six-man shop de- voted entirely to the contin- uing job of cleaning and re- storing the treasured stained- glass windows, including the greatest collection of me- dieval stained glass in Brit- ain. The York Archeological Trust has a staff of 28 profes- sionals in the never-ending search for historic relics, such as the recent discovery of an Roman sewer. In the summer months up to 150 archeological students come here to help, just for the sheer love of it, says director Peter V. Addyman, adding that most come from Canada and the United States. With all this, the city's tour- ism department, recently awarded the Pomme d'Or (Golden Apple) in Brussels for services to international tourism, is going all-out to at- tract visitors year-round and also persuade overseas vis- itors concentrated in London to see the "capital of the north." In co-operation with the publicly-owned British Rail and local hotels it now is offering, for instance, a three- day tour including rail fare, hotel, breakfasts and dinners, and taxis. In the first-class hotel bracket, the tour from London a three-hour train priced at With other firms they now also are organizing other "specialist" tours, for a ma- teur archeologists, antique buffs and ghost-hunters. It is in this eerie context that the tourist people, while the purity of their interest in ghosts might be questioned, are delighted with the tale of Police Constable Harry Mar- tindale. A strapping six-footer, he says he was a lad working deep in the basement of Treasurer's House 20 years ago when a band of more than a dozen Roman soldiers appeared through the wall, marched past and dis- appeared through another wall. Although he was ill with shock and unable to work for three days, his mates only ridiculed him. WINTER TURNS RIDEAU CANAL INTO POPULAR RECREATION AREA Historic canal becomes skating rink A canal designed as a "back door to the Great Lakes in case of an invasion from the south" is now bringing back the days of mom's apple pie, fireplaces, and baked beans. The Rideau Canal, built in the precautionary days follow- ing the War of 1812, is a skating rink a five mile sheet of ice through the center of Ottawa, Canada's capital, that turns winter weekends into old fashioned Christmas card scenes. The parents who canoe their children down the canal in summer, pull them along the route on sleighs in winter. The hopeful Bobby Orrs, Karen Magnussens and Toller Cran- we don t any insurance. That may seem a bit strange, but then, we offer a lot of things other than life insurance. For instance, we offer some excellent financial planning.programs. We can show you how to minimize taxes through income averaging annuities. We'll show you how the capital gains provision of income tax legislation affects you. We'll show you how to take the right steps to protect your capital. And we can custom- tailor a Registered Retirement Savings Plan to meet your specific objectives. And that's just a part of our financial planning services for individuals. We can also offer a comprehensive Business Planning Service, including employee benefit programs, to the businessman. In short, we do a lot more than r sell life insurance. So maybe it's stons share ice time, hot dogs and hot chocolates with grand- parents, teen-agers, universi- ty students, and couples on a first date. Last winter as many as 000 skated on the canal in a single day. From Parliament Hill where the Rideau Canal meets the Ottawa River, the canal wanders past the National Arts Centre, newer additions to the University of Ottawa, downtown residential sections of the city, Lan- sdowne Park and Dow's Lake before ending up at the cam- pus of Carleton University. In all, there's 14 million square feet of ice surface. Along the way are food concessions, skate sharpeners, benches and change houses. Proficient skaters trained in first aid, act as skate patrols every day from 4 p.m. to midnight and all day on weekends. The Rideau Canal was constructed on the recommen- dation of the Duke of Wellington to provide safer lines of communication between Montreal and new settlements on Lake Ontario in the event of resumption of war with the United States. The 123-mile canal connecting Kingston on Lake Ontario with Ottawa, took six years to build and was completed in 1832. It cost the British government million. Much of the old stonework on the original locks and dams remains unchanged. Today the canal adds greatly to the M. C. "Matt" Slavich, cuu 327-5514 Eric Mayaska 327-5514 time you started thinking of us as something more than just life insurance men. You'll be surprised how helpful we can be. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company Thinking with you. To: The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company Suite 310. 740-4th Ave. S., Lethbridge. Alberta I'd like to know more about: Income averaging annuities. L_ Business planning services. How to protect my capital. D n Deferred profit sharing plans. Capital gains taxes. Flexible Registered Retirement Annuity. Life insurance D D i i (yes. we sell that, too.) NAME ADDRESS CITY PROV. POSTAL CODE _ PHONE natural beauty of the federal capital region of Ottawa boulevarded driveways, flower .gardens, bikepaths used by walkers and cross- country skiers in winter, and huge trees have made the area a park both winter and summer. Skating along the canal was proposed in 1969 by the then chairman of the National Capital Commission, Douglas Fullerton. The idea was in keeping with the com- mission's philosophy of finding imaginative and en- joyable uses for unused resources and prompted Mr. Fullerton to write a piece on "how to survive the urban The rink is not a pan- acea for all winter ills, he said, but a priest had suggested to him that canal skating had done more for family togetherness than all his sermons on the subject. But the rink was not without its problems. A skate changing station and four tractors have fallen Australia requires visas CANBERRA (Reuter) Visas will be required for the first time by Commonwealth and British migrants or visitors entering Australia from Jan. 1, 1975, Clyde Cameron, Australian minister for immigration said today. through the ice; new methods for maintenance had to be devised to avoid large cracks along canal walls caused by the expansion of water as it freezes. After experimenting with different water levels, researchers discovered if the water was lowered five feet, expansion damage would be minimized and the skating surface would be left as large as if the water hadn't been lowered at all. A variety of light and heavyweight machinery is used by an ice clearing staff that works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, lo insure best possible conditions. The most efficient machine is a tractor equipped with a rotary broom which smooths out im- perfections on the ice. Snow blowers operated by hand are also on duty, as well as tractors with blades, and similarly equipped four wheel drive vehicles. To re-surface the ice, holes are drilled to the water below and pumped to the surface where it is spread as evenly as possible and allowed to set. Burners are also used to melt the ice surface and make it smoother. The National Capital Com- mission has strung colored lights along the canal and initiated a flag system, to let skaters know the condition of the ice. When green flags are up, impromptu skating parties are called, students strap on backpacks full of books, and public servants stride off for work down the "longest man- made skating rink in the world.'' Passport Photos Candid Weddings Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 7103rdAve. S. Phone 328-0222 HaiMi Jumbo jet Sunflight. Great holidays, great value. 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