Saturday 4 July, 2020

'Take Me Down De Road' - Mighty Grynner honoured as Highway renamed

The title of King of the Road is undoubtedly the Mighty Grynner’s.

On Saturday, on the over two mile stretch of highway synonymous with the burning of Mr. Harding and Bridgetown Market- the stretch of road where revelers wrap up their Foreday morning and Grand Kadooment journey- a special ceremony took place to honour a man who, for many, is a cultural icon.

In a rite replete with cultural pomp and pageantry, the seven-time Road March winner, whose real name is Leo MacDonald Blenman, in the company of his family, joined Prime Minister Mia Mottley in unveiling two signs: one bearing the name “The Mighty Grynner Highway” at the junction of Exmouth Gap, and the other, giving a brief history of the man who many, including himself, refer to as ‘the ugly man’.

The Mighty Grynner's Highway

In her tribute, the prime minister praised the entertainers for doing their part to uplift the country, using his journey as an example for the younger generation to emulate. 

“Grynner, I believe that is going to be very difficult for anybody to match you on the road . . . and with the genius and the elegance of two hat-tricks on the road that is associated with Kensington Oval; and that it is only right therefore, that those children who may not be scientist or doctors or lawyers, or who may not be politicians . . . they must forever know that they can attain the highest heights in this country and receive the greatest acclaim of the people of this land . . . by expressing to us that which comes from within, because in so doing, we have reaffirmed what nobody else can do for us.  Our sense of ‘Bajan-ness, our sense of Barbadian-ness.” Mottley stressed.

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