Her Majesty’s Prison Glendairy will come alive on Saturday, October 29, with an open day and guided tours of the historic building at Station Hill, St. Michael, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Members of the public are invited to attend the open day and participate in guided tours, which will include a visit to the cell of Barbados’ notorious criminal, Winston Hall, as well as the gallows.
The popular ‘prison bread’ and art and craft will also be on sale, while there will be a variety of rides, jumping tents and entertainment for children.
Then at 5:00 p.m. that same day, the public is invited to attend a gala and decommissioning ceremony for the prison, followed by an after party at 8:00 p.m. with popular entertainers.
The decommissioning of HMP Glendairy will see the official closing off of all prison-related activity at the site after it was damaged by fire in 2005, and the facility being handed back over to the Ministry of Housing and Lands.
The gala will feature speeches by Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite; and Superintendent of Prisons, Lieutenant Colonel John Nurse, followed by a cultural show including drama, singing and the spoken word.
In addition, there will be a multimedia presentation entitled: 150 Years in a Day, which will reflect the history of Glendairy Prison.
There is an entry fee for the gala, and interested persons are asked to contact HMP Dodds, at 416-6900, for more information on how to obtain tickets.