Oak Bay Tea Party turns 50

The Oak Bay Tea Party is on track for this year’s 50th anniversary event to take place June 2 and 3

The Oak Bay Tea Party is on track for this year’s 50th anniversary event to take place June 2 and 3 at Willows Beach Park.

Oak Bay council approved a $7,000 grant recently and also waived $800 in municipal fees for the event. Mayor Nils Jensen also offered to connect organizers with a local producer of recyclable bins whose bins could be used at the event, in order to cut back on garbage removal costs.

“We want people to go green and this is one way to do it,” he said.

This year Jensen will face former mayor Christopher Causton in the two-day event’s highlight, the tea cup race.

Also announced this week is the addition of a fireworks display on the Saturday night sponsored by the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.