Veteran politician Kamaluddin Mohammed, late mas man Geraldo Vieira and spoken word artist Bendel Jack were among the community stalwarts honoured at the Barataria Community Council’s 50th anniversary Christmas celebration at Anglican Hall, Barataria, recently.
Mohammed, holder of the nation’s highest award, was absent but Jack did a monologue, Sweet T&T, at the event. His props were two old fashioned suitcases, referred to locally as grips, which he had bought on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain. Apart from a luncheon hosted by Anne Ross and friends, entertainment was provided by Amantes de Paranda, Barataria Anglican Parang Group, Elizabeth George, Earl Knight, Bubble Man and Bombassa.
During the formalities president of the organisation Joseph Ross lamented the loss of young people. On the flip side, he said there had been improvements in Barataria which he said ‘has become a better place”.
“Drains are properly cleaned, dirt tracks, good water supply and recreational facilities.”
Ross thanked MP Fuad Khan for his assistance.
Jean Elder, president, St George West Association of Village Councils, told the gathering: “Community centres have been the silent partners in local government. They do more, say less and are not recognised for the work done. They are closer to the people and should be the tier with which the public identifies. They deliver a range of services and should be responsible for the upkeep of local amenities.”
Elder challenged the Barataria Community Council to return to its former splendour.
“Culture comes uppermost in mind. It was a pleasure to view Barataria on stage during Best Village competitions. Next came sports. Where else would you find so many different religious buildings, churches, temples and mosques existing in harmony? Barataria has not been in the forefront for some time. Follow the theme and rekindle the spirit.”
One of the highlights of the evening was the unveiling of president’s showcase which featured photographs of past and presidents.
The awardees were:
Brian “Tico” Skinner
Marie St Rose