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Best Village kicks off in Siparia

By Carolyn Kissoon

THE Ministry of Community Development formally launched the 50th anniversary of the Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition with a street procession and thanksgiving service in Siparia yesterday.

And permanent secretary Donna Ferraz said the competition would be used to preserve local artforms using technology.

Ferraz said traditional games, including marbles (pitch), were no longer being played by youths. She said the traditional games will be embedded in this country's heritage.

She said the Ministry was considering turning the activities into computer games.

Ferraz said the Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition was focused on building this country, one community at a time.

She said the competition will begin next week Wednesday and will cost more than $2 million.

Past winners of the competition will be honoured at a recognition service.

Several community groups and village councils paraded on the streets from Morne Diablo Road towards the Roman Catholic church, where a thanksgiving ceremony was held.

Brother Noble Khan, president of the Inter Religious Organisation, and Best Village coordinator Gwendolyn Salick were among the guests.

Entertainment was provided by the Ibis Dance company, Shashamane Cultural Ensemble of Santa Flora, La Divina Pastora group and the St Croix Children's Group.

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