Mystery guest Ian Tyson helped make 2006 Filberg Festival the ‘best festival ever’

Every Friday we feature Comox Valley history taken from back issues of the Comox Valley Record.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The Filberg Festival had more paying customers than the previous year to go with much more music and perfect summertime weather.

“One of my goals is to have people going away saying it’s the best festival ever, and I’ve heard that again and again,” festival producer Sylvia Allan said.

Canadian songwriting legend Ian Tyson was the mystery guest whose identity was a closely guarded secret until his performance. Spirit of the West headlined the festival.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A day-long search for a missing boy ended happily when the five-year-old was found visiting a relative.

Billy Forbes, the missing boy, left home on his BMX bike in the morning. When he failed to come home for lunch his mother phoned police, who mobilized volunteers to conduct a search.

Turns out Billy had spent the day with a relative visiting from Alberta. A family member had forgotten to inform his mother of Billy’s whereabouts.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Almost 40 years after the death of his daughter Georgina, 66-year-old George Harrison remembers a kindness shown to him during a time of need.

Georgina, born in 1953, started having epileptic seizures around her first birthday. Doctors also found the baby had an adrenal disorder and was mentally handicapped.

Harrison and his first wife were struggling to get by on his pay as a boom man at a Vancouver mill. Medication costs were beyond their means.

Georgina only survived until five, but Harrison never forgot help he received from the Variety Club who put him in touch with someone who supplied the medication at a reduced rate. In an effort to raise funds the Variety Club Telethon, he began collecting cans and bottles.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Courtenay Mayor Ron Webber opened a $3-million Payless Convenience Centre at Ryan Road and the Island Highway.

The C-Centre was the first in the Payless family to combine all seven of the services provided by the company.

Thirty-eight jobs were created when the company opened a 24-hour complex that included a gas bar and video centre.

Twenty five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

There were no candidates for a vacant seat on Cumberland council, in the wake of the death of Ald. George Stockland, who died of cancer.

Then Mayor Bronco Moncrief had heard that former alderman Andrew Harvie was thinking of running, but did not know of anyone else.

Harvie served eight years under Moncrief before stepping down in 1974. At that time he was working in Gold River for CIP Inc. and did not have time. He has since retired.


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