BWIA Fetes sports team

Date Published: 
1964-06-23
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
16

Jamaica and Trinidad were at it again. It was the ska against Trinidadian calypsoes and both countries stood their own. At last the Trinidadians admitted that after much search Jamaica has something all its own — but that did not stop the Trinidadian sports team from have a "fete fe so" at the B.W.I.A. Staff Club at Rockfort on Sunday night.

The Club, nestling in the arms of the Wareika Hills was the ideal spot for a fete. The invitations to cocktails said 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. but long after that the "Mighty Sparrow" was keeping the joint swinging on records from recent carnivals brought down by the team invited by B.W.I.A. to play football, cricket, and tennis matches with the local staff. The Jamaicans retaliated with the ska and it was bacchanal.

B.W.I.A. Manager and President of the Staff Club, Walter Girling insisted that such informal "cementing of diplomatic relations" was one certain way of linking the Caribbean even if Federation is dead. Even the decorations spoke unity of the two newly independent nations. The hall bore penants of red, black and white for Trinidad and black, green and gold for Jamaica, and there was no chance of overlooking the big white banner with red lettering which read "Welcome to Trinidad."

The team which came in on Saturday will leave on Thursday after pitting their skill with B.W.I.A. in tennis, football and cricket.

The visitors received real home style welcome from First Secretary in the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission, Frank Abdulah who was accompanied by his wife, both adept at the ska after months of living here and at the same time not forgetting their native calypsoes.

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