The willow tree outside Penticton’s historic Leir House is no more, after a wind storm overcame its root structure on Friday night (Nov. 4).
The tree provided shade and beauty to the building for 60 years, according to the Penticton Arts Council, who made the announcement via Facebook on Saturday.
“Sad day at the Leir House with the passing of the beloved Willow Tree.” they wrote. “(The tree) has been loved for generations.”
Winds across Penticton hit 47 kilometres an hour on Friday, with power outages near Summerland and across the Central and North Okanagan affecting thousands.
“Thank you to the City of Penticton for their swift action in making the grounds safe again with the downed power,” the arts council added.
Heavy winds also affected the Black Antler in Penticton on Friday night. A cleanup was initiated Saturday morning after a tree fell in front of its main entrance.