Blades’ anniversary parade will ‘cop’ historical attention

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On March 10, 2015, the Town of Blades turned 100 years old as an official chartered Delaware municipality. Pictured at that celebration are town government members, from left, councilman David Ruff, councilman Robert Atkins (who was elected mayor in April), and councilmen B.J. Hardin and Russell Joseph.

BLADES – The weekend celebration marking the town of Blades’ 100th anniversary begins this evening with a homecoming dinner, and a full slate of events Saturday, punctuated by a 1 p.m. parade.

Jim Bowden, Grand Marshal for the Townd of Blades' 100th anniversary parade Saturday, will be wearing this 1815 police uniform in portray the town's first police chief - Arthur "Hotsie" Hatfield.

Jim Bowden, Grand Marshal for the Town of Blades’ 100th anniversary parade Saturday, will be wearing this 1915 police uniform in portray the town’s first police chief – Arthur “Hotsie” Hatfield.

Noted local historian Jim Bowden, with family ties to Western Sussex County, is serving as the parade’s grand marshal.

As grand marshal, Mr. Bowden plans to dress in period style for the occasion as Arthur “Hotsie” Hatfield, the town’s first police chief who also served as part-time mayor. He’ll be wearing a police uniform dating back to 1915.

Mr. Bowden, who provided numerous historical artifacts and photos in the town’s celebration, will be riding in a Rolls Royce convertible, courtesy of his friends – Robert and Eileen Gredone.

He will be joined in the grand marshal procession by Ann Blake – the granddaughter of Chief Arthur Hatfield.

Tonight’s community homecoming at Blades Park runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday’s celebration at Blades Park starts at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies.

Scheduled entertainment includes Smooth Sound Dance Band (11 a.m.), Ballet Folklorico de Fortunato Perez (noon), 15 String Band (2:15 p.m.) and Mikes Hines and the look (5 p.m.).

Numerous other events, activities and attractions are planned.

For more information on the celebration, visit the Town of Blades’ website:


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