Antiquarian Frank Hicks toasted and roasted at Cunninghams Pub


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

The coach house that stood on Hudson’s Main Road dating back to the horse and buggy days was an apropos locale for Ye Auld Curiosité Boutique with antiquarian and historian Frank Hicks at the helm. The shop was demolished June 9 to make way for a condominium project.

It stood for over 100 years in the village centre of Hudson adjacent to the former Habib building on Main Road. On Thursday, June 9, the once-coach house came crashing down in just over an hour.

Demolished most professionally by JCOR construction Inc. to make way for Hudson Gables, a boutique and 12-unit condominium project planned to be complete and ready for occupation in spring 2017.

Sadly surveying the demolition in progress, Frank Hicks, who had rented the property for his Ye Auld Curiosite Boutique antiques business until being obliged to vacate earlier this year, told Your Local Journal,

“Another part of Hudson's history gone forever. It is indeed a sad day.”

Tonight, Thursday, June 16, in an initiative organized by fellow members of the local Irish and business community comprising Kels Deegan, Tara Fitzgerald, Maxine Clarence, Terri Macfarlane, and Pat O'Grady,

there will be a special salute to Hicks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cunninghams Pub, 84 Cameron Street in Hudson. And anyone who would like to say hi to Frank and his wife, Marilyn, and wish them well as they embark on a new chapter in their lives, are most welcome. Jelly beans, by the way, are their favourite candies of all.

Says Deegan, “Frank, together with Marilyn, is a much loved Hudsonite and he has always been so involved in helping to improve and promote our businesses as a whole in these difficult times. This is our way of thanking him for all that he has done. And I'm sure will continue to do for many more years to come.”

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