Plaque unveiling, mega concert for Barrow's centennial
Minister of Information, Senator Lucille Moe and Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Peter Phillips.
-by Asha Cumberbatch
The month of January has promised to be an exciting one as Barbados celebrates the 100th birthday of Errol Walton Barrow.
In the midst of the We’ Gatherin festivities in the north of the island, Barrow's parish of birth, St Lucy will be the location for the festivities.
Ahead of the events, there will be a clean-up of the area surrounding Barrow’s home in preparation of the plaque unveiling ceremony on January 21. The ceremony will take place at his birth home in Checker Hall, St Lucy and will begin at 3.00 pm.
The plaque will be unveiled by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, followed by speeches to commemorate the work of Barrow.
A mega concert, also scheduled for January 21, will be held on the Checker Hall playing field at 5.00 pm. The concert will feature various local artistes from different genres of music including Rosie Hunte, Allison Norville, Allison Hinds, Trinity Clarke, Colin Spencer, Edwin Yearwood, the Youth Mass Choir and Carol George.
At this concert, there will be many culinary treats for the public.
“Coincidentally, we know that he loved sailing therefore a regattata will be passing along the waters of the Animal Flower Cave also on the 21st at 11.00 am," Minister of Information, Senator Lucille Moe said during a press briefing.
To add to the celebrations of Barbados’ father of independence, the Barbados Life Airplane Club will be hosting an open day also on January 21.
On January 23, there will be a cooking competition “The Dippers" Cook off School Competition and Senator Moe has assured there will be transportation provided for all who wish to attend these events.
There will be a ‘park and ride’ system which will operate from the St Lucy Parish Church yard, and the Speighstown playing field. Buses will also be available from the Glebe, Oistins, the Princess Alice Bus Terminal, the Fairchild Stress Bus Terminal and Speighstown. All interested persons are asked to pay $3.50 for bus use.
Between January 17- 23, there will be a Barbados Sail Week. On January 21, there will be a ‘Round the Barbados’ sail which will be spearheaded by the Barbados Cruising Club, of which Barrow was a former member. Barbadians will be able to have a view of the boats as the sail across the coast of the island.
Senator Moe also said the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation will be showing various programmes on Barrow's personal, political and professional life so as to educate Barbadians on his accomplishments.