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The Seagull Sou’wester

What’s with the hat?

Rev. Bill Gibson wears the seagull-topped sou’wester that will be auctioned off at the 33rd annual Christmas Angels show on Dec. 6 in Windsor, as funding co-ordinator Cathy Cox holds the Garth Vaughan painting that will go to the successful bidder. (GLEN PARKER )
Rev. Bill Gibson wears the seagull-topped sou’wester that will be auctioned off at the 33rd annual Christmas Angels show on Dec. 6 in Windsor, as funding co-ordinator Cathy Cox holds the Garth Vaughan painting that will go to the successful bidder. (GLEN PARKER )

If you’ve caught a few moments of our annual Telethon at any point over the last 30-plus years, you’ve probably noticed a rather distinctive chapeau: The “Seagull Sou’wester”. Although the history of the hat is usually mentioned (a few times!) during the broadcast, we think it’s past due for some formal recognition here.

The History

1982 – The black sou’wester was given to Dr. Garth Vaughan, well-known artist, doctor and philanthropist, by Jack Campbell (formerly of Curry’s Corner), owner/operator of the Peggy’s Cove “Sou’wester Restaurant”. Vaughan wore the souvenir hat while playing accordion in the Newfie Bullet Show Band.

1983 – The seagull was made and sewn on the hat by Mrs. Marion Reading, who worked at Family and Children’s Services.

1982-2001 – The Newfie Bullet Show Band played on the Christmas Angels show for 18 years and raised $17,000 auctioning the hat during those years.

32 Years and counting

Our 2014 Telethon marks the 32nd ANNIVERSARY of the “SEAGULL SOU’WESTER”. The Seagull Sou’Wester and the beautiful paintings by Garth Vaughan have raised well over $35,000 over the past 31 years. These funds have directly benefited local children and families of Hants County.

The Tradition

1985 – Hantsport Concerned Action Group, $550

1986 – Dewar Lindsay and Jim Landry, $500 each

1987 – Stephen Allen (Allen Beverages), $750

1988 – Ernie Smith Construction, $775

1989 – J.P Construction, $1025

1990 – Tracey Landscaping, $1000

1991-present – records being compiled