Residents of the Churchill Park housing complex in Walnut Grove posed with some of their preferred noisemakers on Monday, May 10th, carefully spaced to respect social distancing. More than 100 took part in a roadside rally along 208 Street for first responders on Friday, May 8th, and they were preparing to do it again, with even more participants. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Taking it to the streets: Walnut Grove housing complex holds roadside rally for medical staff and first responders

‘Well over’ 100 took part in the first of what is planned to be regular Friday night events

After their first “Thank You Heroes” roadside rally in support of medical staff and first responders during the COVID-19 crisis drew more than 100 people, residents of the Churchill Park housing complex in Walnut Grove were preparing to hold another.

With many people within the gated community taking part in a nightly show of support, Don McLean said they decided to broaden the campaign and take it “to the street,” the 9000 block of 208 street that runs outside Churchill Park, with the noisemakers spaced along the road to respect social distancing guidelines.

“We’re sort of sharing our enthusiasm.” McLean told the Langley Advance Times.

Turnout for the first event on this past Friday, May 8th, was “well over” 100 people, McLean estimated.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Langley makes some noise for health care workers

READ ALSO: COVID commotion in the City

“Considering the suggestion was made just days prior to the event, the attendance was incredible,” he enthused.

The plan is to make it a regular event.

For the next roadside rally this coming Friday, May 15th, McLean was hoping to get other housing complexes in the area to follow suit.

“It is our hope that this is just the start,” McLean said.

“I talked to a person from the complex to the south who said he would spread the word. We would like to see the whole street involved and then, the whole community.”

Anyone interested can contact McLean at

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Langley heritage chapel bells ring out for first responders

It is part of a movement that started in Italy and Spain to show support for first responders by making noise each night around 7 p.m.

By ringing bells, sounding horns, banging on drums and pots, or simply clapping hands, people can show appreciation for first responders and health care workers who are leading the fight against the coronavirus pandemic on the front lines.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: Missing man found

‘Family and police are concerned for his wellbeing at this time’

Abbotsford school trustee running for NDP

Preet Rai acclaimed as candidate for Abbotsford West riding

Woodward filed Liberal nomination papers before brief NDP candidacy

Woodward said he was exploring the option of running for the BC Liberals

‘70 banana boxes’ full of items donated to Aldergrove Food Bank

West Abbotsford LDS church members participated in an annual food drive on Saturday, Sept. 26

Bill Masse runs for Greens again in a different Langley riding

Masse will run in the Langley riding, not Langley East this time

Weekend sees 267 cases, 3 deaths in B.C.; Dr. Henry says events leading to COVID spread

There are currently 1,302 active cases in B.C., while 3,372 people are under public health monitoring

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay blanks Dallas 2-0 to win Stanley Cup

Hedman wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP

Liberals seek to fast track new COVID-19 aid bill after CERB expires

Government secured NDP support for legislation by hiking amount of benefits by $100 to $500 per week

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Police investigating shooting in North Delta

Police say occupants of two vehicles exchanged gunfire near 120th Street and 82nd Avenue

B.C. VOTES 2020: Echoes of HST in B.C. debate over sales tax

Cannabis, tobacco, luxury cars still taxed in B.C. Liberal plan

TransLink CEO asks riders not to enforce mask rules after Surrey bus punch-up

A fight broke out on a bus at 96 Avenue and Scott Road involving a man who refused to wear a mask

She warned her son about toxic drugs, then he was dead

Donna Bridgman’s son died at the age of 38 in Vancouver

Most Read