An afternoon tea on Saturday, Feb. 21, will mark 50 years since the official opening of Langley Memorial Hospital in 1965. On June 12, a public barbecue will be held on the hospital grounds.

An afternoon tea on Saturday, Feb. 21, will mark 50 years since the official opening of Langley Memorial Hospital in 1965. On June 12, a public barbecue will be held on the hospital grounds.

Hospital on the hill will mark 50 years, Feb. 21

Editor: To those of us who were around in 1965, the singular most important event to take place in Langley up until that time seems like it happened only yesterday.

We were still listening to the top hits from the previous year when the Beatles were lamenting their  Hard Day’s Night and Louis Armstrong was saying hello to Dolly.

And in 1965 Petula Clark topped the music charts with her new hit, Downtown.

Here in Langley, the focus was not downtown but uptown.

On top of Hospital Hill, the Langley Memorial Hospital Planning Committee were putting in their own hard days and nights as they finalized the plans for the official opening of a new hospital.

And now, 50 years later, another committee is planning two events to mark the anniversary of that building now known as the South Tower.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, the LMH South Tower Anniversary Committee will host an afternoon tea in the hospital for all staff, past and present.

The committee is endeavouring to contact everyone who, at some time, has been employed at LMH from the opening of the cottage in 1948 to the present.

During the afternoon tea, plaques honouring four members of the 1965 planning committee will be rededicated to be reinstalled in the South Tower.

Family members of Dr. C. Key, Miss Marion Ward, Mr. H. Devine and Mr. S. Chapman are expected to attend.

On June 12, a barbecue will be held on the hospital grounds for the general public.

Plans for that event are just getting underway.

Both the tea in February and the barbecue in June are being sponsored by Dr. E. Mah, President of LMH Medical Staff; LMH Heritage Committee, LMH Auxiliary; LMH Foundation; and LMH Administration and Volunteer Resources.

Parking will be free for both events.

Doris Riedweg,

LMH Heritage Committee