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Holiday Train gets Macleod in Christmas spirit

Fort Macleod residents turned out in large number Sunday to welcome the CP Holiday Train.

Juno award winner Valdy entertained Sunday on the stage of the Holiday Train.

The CP Holiday Train rolled into Fort Macleod on Sunday morning, spreading Christmas cheer and raising support for the food bank.
Hundreds of Fort Macleod residents turned out to welcome the decorated train and watch performances by Canadian folk legend Valdy.
The CP Holiday Train over 13 years has raised more than $5.6-million and 2-5-million pounds of food for food banks in Canada and the U.S.
The Salvation Army was on hand to accept donations of non-perishable food items for the food bank, which filled the back of a van.
People also helped fill one of the Salvation Army kettles with cash donations on Sunday morning.
And CP Rail helped make sure the food bank shelves are full with a $1,500 cheque for Maj. Brian Beveridge of the Salvation Army.
Maj. Beveridge expressed his appreciation to CP Rail, as well as the residents of Fort Macleod.
“Without you, we could do nothing,” Maj. Beveridge said.
The visit by the Holiday Train on its way across Canada, and the large turnout of residents, pleased Fort Macleod officials.
“It’s great to see so many people from the town out today,” Town of Fort Macleod economic development officer Martin Ebel said. “We’re just so grateful to have CP Rail do the Holiday Train for us.”
One of the boxcars on the Holiday Train was converted into a stage for a 30-minute show at the railway cross on Fifth Avenue, behind F.P. Walshe school.
Valdy, a two-time Juno Award winner and member of the Order of Canada, opened his show with his own “Christmas Rap.”
Valdy and Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer Tracey Brown entertained the audience with a selection of Christmas songs.
The 66-year-old Valdy added a couple of his popular songs, including “Rock and Roll Song.”
Brown has released more than 20 albums and was nominated for a Juno Award as Best Country Female Vocalist in 1999. She also performs with The Family Brown.
The Holiday Train will stop in more than 140 communities before its trip ends next weekend, raising support for food banks at every stop.

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