Cutting the Sesquicentennial Cake - from left, Councillor Gary Baynes, Mayor Rob Keffer, Councillor Peter Dykie Jr. (back), MP for York Simcoe Peter Van Loan, Deputy Mayor James Leduc, Councillors Gary Lamb and Mark Contois, at the New Year's Levee in Bradford, January 8, 2017. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Mayor's New Year's Levee

Last year, the first BWG Mayor’s New Year’s Levee not only offered an opportunity for residents to celebrate the new year and meet their local Council members, it marked the 25th Anniversary of Amalgamation, when Bradford West Gwillimbury was created by the amalgamation of Bradford, West Gwillimbury Township, and a portion of New Tecumseth.

Dressing up for the free photo booth, at the BWG First Night Celebration in Bradford, December 31, 2016 - a family-oriented New Year's Eve party. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Welcome to 2017

Icy roads and the threat of a winter storm didn't keep residents away from the annual BWG Family First Night celebration on New Year's Eve. There were record crowds at the BWG Leisure Centre for the event – a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration on December 31.

Dancing to the '50s-'60s-'70s music of The Cruisers, at the Down East New Year's Eve party, held at the Bradford Legion, Dec. 31, 2016. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

New Year's at the Legion

The Bradford Legion's banquet hall was packed with revellers on New Year's Eve, celebrating a “Down East” New Year's. The evening included a Roast Beef dinner, dancing to music by The Cruisers, and an appearance by “The Mummers” - a Newfoundland tradition of “men dressed as women, and women as men,” where guessing who's who was part of the fun.