The world observes International Day of Older Persons today but on Saturday, September 29, the Barbados Association of Retired Persons started their observance early when they feted seniors at an Elder Appreciation Day.
The day was filled with entertainment as the seniors, joined by family and friends, for the first time went to Tyrol Cot in Spooner’s Hill St. Michael for the event.
The grounds pulsated with sweet rhythms as the audience moved to the sounds of some Junior Monarch contestants, Gynner and Adonijah, whose 2012 Crop-Over offering of Something Left In De Bottle was specially requested, was very well received. Mother Sally, Pompasetters Tuk Band, stilt men and the Land Ship entertained. Ken Farrell and his group performed Line Dancing as the Reddy Panners beat their steel pans.
There were activities for the entire family; the little children who attended gleefully played in the Jumping tents, Addinton Forde was present to teach people to play warri while old fashion games like picks up and hop scotch brought back memories.
Saturday’s event was well attended, patrons toured the residence of the former Premier of Barbados, Grantley Adams and also the chattel village. Public relations consultant at BARP, Peter Boyce, said that they were happy with the way the event went and further added it was fully subscribed and the patrons as well were so pleased that at the end they applauded. (KC)