Fitting honour for Sir Wes Hall
There is no one I can think of more deserving than Wes Hall of his recognition as a Knight Bachelor of the Order of St Michael, bestowed on him on behalf of the people of Barbados on Friday by Queen Elizabeth II, still its titular head of state.
He was, first and foremost, one of the West Indies' finest fast bowlers but, beyond that, an ambassador for the region and its people, as popular and admired everywhere the game is played as any cricketer in my experience.
He also served West Indies cricket as selector, manager and, eventually, president of the board until ill health forced his retirement. He worked diligently for the betterment of Barbados during his many years in parliament, several as a government minister, and, during his time in Trinidad in the 1970s, was a driving force behind the formation of Wes Hall Youth League and the self-help organisation, Servol.
He has spent his later years serving his God and, through him, his community as a pastor in the Pentecostal Church.
As humbly as he will accept his honour, Reverend Sir Wesley Winfield Hall has a fitting ring to it. –Tony Cozier • See Page 62