By Mike Gregory
Ladysmith has found its twin across the country in Quebec.
Town council accepted a request on Monday to become twin municipalities with Ladysmith, Que in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary next July.
Ladysmith forms one of six settlements within the Municipality of Thorne, which is six hours west of Montreal and has a population of just under 300 people as of the 2011 census.
Similar to the Festival of Lights, Ladysmith, Que, hosts a massive Oktoberfest celebration each year which is attended by upwards of 10,000 people.
Mayor Terry Murdock wrote to his B.C. counterpart Mayor Aaron Stone in late October with the twinning request.
“I think the impact for our locals, cottagers and visitors would be that of pride and a sense of unity and belonging to this wonderful country from coast to coast,” said Murdock.
He also asked if the Ladysmith would consider flying their flag at town hall for a short time.
Staff will now assemble a Ladysmith flag and other items that represent the community to send to Municipality of Thorne.