Republic Day parade in South to honour ‘the Doc’
Sue-Ann Wayow firstname.lastname@example.org
AS a thank-you present to the city of San Fernando for honouring Trinidad and Tobago’s first Prime Minister, Dr Eric Williams, a street parade is being planned for tomorrow.
The parade is being organised by Junior Bisnath and Anselm Walters, on behalf of the Eric Williams Memorial Committee.
It starts at the Mon Repos Roundabout at 4 p.m. and ends at the Band Stand, Harris Promenade.
Chairman of the committee Reginald Vidale said the committee wanted to thank San Fernando Mayor Dr Navi Muradali and the San Fernando City Council for allowing space on the promenade for a monument of Williams.
The theme of the parade is “A tribute to Dr Eric Williams: Thank you, Your Worship, the Mayor of San Fernando for honouring the legacy and memory of Dr Eric Williams”.
On August 15, Muradali and Vidale commemorated a plaque in memory of Williams at the promenade.
Vidale said he received a quick response from Muradali after he asked for space to establish a monument to Williams during the unveiling of the bust to Venezuelan national hero Simon Bolivar, which was held six weeks earlier.
The Williams plaque was unveiled in the vicinity of other contributors to freedom and democracy—Jamaican Marcus Garvey and Indian Mahatma Gandhi.
The committee has also been given space to erect a monument of Williams.
Vidale said southern artist Willie Chen was the main designer for the monument, which he said was a “work of art depicting certain aspects of Williams’ life”.
The Belgrove Group of Companies will be assisting in establishing the base for the structure.
Muradali said this will be the first time a parade on Republic Day will be held in the southern city.