Barbadians will get the opportunity to celebrate the centennial of the Right Excellent Errol Barrow on Tuesday, January 21, when a number of events are held to remember this outstanding son of the soil.
Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Public Affairs, Senator Lucille Moe, said Government intended to culminate the centennial celebration of Mr. Barrow, who is often described as the Father of Barbados’ Independence.
There will be a Plaque Unveiling Ceremony on Tuesday, January 21, at Mr. Barrow’s birth place at The Garden, St. Lucy, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley will deliver an address and unveil the plaque.
Later in the day, at 5:00 p.m., there will be a mega concert at the Checker Hall Playing Field, St. Lucy. Entertainers will include Rosie Hunte, Alison Hinds, Alison Norville, Kelly Cadogan, Adrian Clarke, Edwin Yearwood, Trinity Clarke, Colin Spencer, Philip 7, David Kirton, Kite (Band) with Billy Kincaid, Israel Lovell Foundation Drummers and Youth Combined Steel Orchestra.
Senator Moe urged Barbadians to attend the concert, saying there would be various genres of music and culinary delights for everyone.
“It will be a very nice event and something fitting for the National Hero, the Right Excellent Errol Barrow,” she stressed.
She said a park and ride system would be put in place to transport citizens to the north of the island, and buses would be available from The Glebe, Oistins, Princess Alice Bus Terminal, Fairchild Street Bus Terminal and Speightstown. The cost per trip will be $3.50.
Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Peter Phillips, said a massive clean-up of the area where Mr. Barrow was born would be undertaken.
He encouraged Barbadians to celebrate the life of Mr. Barrow, saying he had given “so much to Barbados, the region and the world”.
Mr. Phillips noted that a regatta was being organized by Mount Gay for that day, and he encouraged persons to go to the Animal Flower Cave about 11:00 a.m., and view the boats as they sailed around the island.
He stated that Mr. Barrow, who authored a cook book, had the reputation of being an outstanding chef, and there would be a Dipper’s Cook-off School Competition on Thursday, January 23.
Senator Moe told the press briefing that CBC would broadcast a series of radio and television programmes showing different aspects of Mr. Barrow’s personal, professional and political life.
She pointed out that some of the footage and photographs used in the programmes were probably never seen by some people, while others had not seen them for many years.