Beer, pier and cheer in White Rock’s winning limerick

Newton-area resident John Van Gerven is the winner of the limerick contest organized as part of last month’s White Rock Irish Festival.

Van Gerven’s winning limerick went like this:

We went to White Rock for a beer

To sit and look out at the pier

We all wore some green

The St. Patrick’s Day theme

But the meter soon cancelled our cheer

Contest runners-up were Doreen Tadros of White Rock and Margie Chapman of South Surrey.

Tadros’ entry:

A sweet Irish lassie came here

To play on our beach and drink beer

"Mayor Baldwin", she said

"I sure hurt my head

When I fell from that rock near your pier."

Chapman entered this:

There once was a lass from White rock

Who danced on top of the rock

But St. Paddy came callin’

And down she went fallin’

That unbalanced lass from White Rock

The contest attracted close to 70 submissions, which were judged on "wit, humour and originality, with bonus points for including White Rock and St. Patrick’s Day."

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