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Aldergrove keen to make Cruise-In happen here

Wayne Patterson (left), president of the Langley Good Times Cruise-In Society, explains plans for bringing the event to Aldergrove this summer to Aldergrove Business Association members on Thursday evening. - KURT LANGMANN PHOTO
Wayne Patterson (left), president of the Langley Good Times Cruise-In Society, explains plans for bringing the event to Aldergrove this summer to Aldergrove Business Association members on Thursday evening.
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Members of the Aldergrove Business Association (ABA) gave a warm reception to a proposal to bring the Langley Good Times Cruise-In to Aldergrove this September.

Langley Good Times Cruise-In Society president Wayne Patterson and past president Ricardo Sestito are still working on logistical details in concert with the Township of Langley.

Members of the ABA seemed very supportive of the proposal as presented by Patterson and Sestito at the ABA's monthly social "mingler" Thursday evening at Boston Pizza.

A firm decision on moving the 21 year old event to Aldergrove has not been made yet, but Patterson and Sestito told The Star that they have received a warm reception from the Township and Aldergrove community so far and are optimistic that it can be made to work here.

They also told The Star that there is no chance of reconsidering their decision to leave Langley City.

They said the city officials have asked for too much from the non-profit society in the way of funding, and have also made the society feel unwelcome in the city.

If all goes according to plan the main street — Fraser Highway from 273 Street to 264 Street — would be closed to traffic between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 9 to accommodate the 1,000 or more vehicles on show. Up to 100,000 visitors would walk to view the cars and visit the displays, booths and restaurants that day.

Other traffic would be diverted to side roads during those hours and Patterson said every effort would be made to not inconvenience residents and businesses during the event.

Over the years the non-profit society has raised over $1 million for local charities at the Cruise-In. None of the society members stand to gain any financial benefit themselves.

The society executive meets with Township officials again this coming week to discuss details.

 

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