Residents of Old Ground Branch Trace, Golden Lane, led by their representative Zorisha Hackett, have honoured fellow resident Hochoy Charles, the first Chief Secretary of Tobago, by renaming the street after him. It will now be known as Hochoy Charles Heights in recognition of his contributions to the island’s politics and autonomy efforts.
Hackett, who expressed pride at the renaming exercise, said it was part of a larger effort to celebrate Charles’s contributions to Tobago.
“We sincerely love and respect him and will continue to celebrate his unwavering determination and tireless fight for Tobago’s autonomy and self-actualisation,” she said
Hackett said she was mentored by Charles and he played a background role during her political campaigns. She said his guidance and advice had been invaluable, helping her avoid making the mistakes of former representatives.
Chief Secretary Farley Augustine and Trevor James, the Secretary of Infrastructure, Quarries, and Urban Development, wholeheartedly supported the honour.
The initiative began in August when Hackett asked Roston “Culture B” Simon to start a petition with residents of Old Ground Branch Trace for the renaming exercise.
She explained that“Heights” was included in the street name, not only due to the topography in the area, but because the Chief Secretary agreed with Hackett that this “giant of a man” need a street name that represented his prowess in the politics of the island.
The street sign was installed on September 29 by staff from the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and Urban Development led by Secretary Trevor James.
Hackett said Charles, who is known for his modesty and aversion to grandiose celebrations, preferred this quiet and understated approach.
She said the renaming of the street was the first in a series of initiatives by residents of Golden Lane, the electoral district of Bethesda/Les Coteaux and the island as a whole, to demonstrate their love, support and admiration for Tobago’s first Chief Secretary.