He's the mild-mannered mayor who became a wrestling sensation. Jonathan Cote, in the persona of Johnny X, entertained the crowds as he joined in a tag team battle with Mr. India to defend New Westminster's honour against American opponents Azeem the Dream (Azeem Mohammed) and the Ideal Reflection (current All Star Wrestling champion Christopher Ryseck) during the main event at Saturday night's Royal City Rumble, held at Royal City Centre.
Royal City Centre was packed with fans on Saturday night for the Royal City Rumble - and photographer Jennifer Gauthier was there to capture all the mayhem. A highlight of the night was the 20-person Rumble match that featured wrestlers from B.C., Washington State and back east, including six New Westies who made their wrestling debut.
Young New Westminster residents made the most of the winter's first real snowfall on Sunday, taking to the parks and trails to do their best to play in the white stuff. Cold temperatures are expect to continue for the rest of the week, with below-freezing numbers overnight, but no new snow is forecast at this point. Enjoy it while you can!
Trees met their fate Saturday and Sunday at the New Westminster Firefighters Charitable Society's annual charity tree chipping event. Chipping was by donation with all the money going to help the society continue its support of various programs in the community.
The event also included fire safety demonstrations.
Santa’s annual whirlwind helicopter tour of five B.C. hospitals in a single day touched down in New Westminster Tuesday afternoon. After visiting hospitals in Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver and Surrey, the Jolly Old Elf and one of his faithful helpers (Sabrina Preziosa) finished off the yearly toy run at Royal Columbian Hospital. Put on every year by BC Emergency Health Services and Helijet, the tour is designed to bring extra holiday cheer to children and their families spending the holiday season in hospital.
The Anvil Centre kicked off its Winter Celebrations last night (Tuesday, Dec. 18) with an opening night sing-along. The event included the reveal of a new luminary labyrinth designed by Omanie Elias, a sing-along led by New Westminster Secondary School choral teacher Kelly Proznick, and performances by the Romanian Treasures folk group and the Quayside Voices quintet. Photographer Jennifer Gauthier captured some images of the evening.
It's not Christmas in New West until Santa Claus rides down Columbia Street. The annual parade took place on Sunday, and folks enjoy a festive day despite questionable skies. Photographer Jennifer Gauthier stopped by to check out the fun.