Letter: News of Cruise-In move takes reader through five stages of grief

Editor: Move over Vancouver, Langley City is taking over — as no-fun city, that is.

With announcement that Canada’s largest single day Cruise-In leaving the City I was shocked and immediately grieving. Denial at first — this can’t be happening. Say it isn’t so.

Somebody’s gotta fix this.

As I read further, the anger grew (the second stage of grief) when I saw the mayor’s comments: I didn’t know they were leaving. Well, good luck to them.

Really? He’s obviously not a car guy. Then I read the Cruise-In spokesperson comments: The city is unreasonable. We’re moving or shutting it down.

Really? Maybe he’s not a car guy either, were my thoughts.

Then, as it sank in, (I thought) this has been coming for a few years (third stage of grief — bargaining).

Last year, a local car dealer held his own one-day show and drew a large contingent of high-end cars that were missed at the Cruise-In.

And then the impromptu heart of Friday night cruises was sold and fenced off for a car sales lot (fourth stage — depression).

So who is to blame?

Maybe the success of the event itself; it has grown too large for an all-volunteer group.

People retire and move on and car guys are always looking for something new, faster and better.

The City obviously doesn’t want the headache, and can’t or won’t see the big picture.

I’ve always been a glass-half-full guy, now it seems the glass has been emptied and broken as well. It’s time for the fifth stage —to accept and move on. A very sad day.

Lorne Stead,


Just Posted

VIDEO: Drive by shooting in Langley (updated)

Truck and house damaged in attack

Upgrades could be coming to popular Penzer Park in Langley City (with video)

Council considers a staff proposal that would move up construction of planned washroom, benches picnic tables and shelter

VIDEO: celebrating Diwali in Langley

Muriel Arnason library marks event for 14th time

Promoting Langley City: new agency launches

Discover Langley City created in wake of split with Township

‘Hearties’ descend on Langley

Fans of TV show ‘When Calls the Heart’ have gathered in Langley for the Hearties Family Reunion

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Holy Heritage Rail Batman: Superheros come to Cloverdale historic train

The Fraser Valley Heritage Rail is hosting its third annual Halloween rail adventure Oct 28, 29

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Most Read