Businesses in Bridgetown have been encouraged to make a greater contribution to Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, made this call yesterday during the presentation of a Breitling Clock to the Government and people of Barbados by Diamonds International at the store’s Lower Broad Street branch in the City.
Lashley praised Diamonds International for being leaders by contributing to the beautification and development of the island’s World Heritage Site.
“I want to thank you for such a generous donation, and for being the first to donate such a distinguished piece of time machinery, in our Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison – our world heritage site.”
He urged other businesses to follow the example of the jewelry company.
“I am not saying that every store owner will donate a clock, but I am sure there would be other things that could be donated… the contribution from the community of Historic Bridgetown will redound to the benefit our World Heritage Property.”
President of the BCCI, Lalu Vaswani, also called on the approximately 1,999 businesses in Bridgetown, “to emulate the example of Diamonds International and other stakeholders who have joined with the BCCI” to follow in similar fashion.
“I would encourage all businesses to do what you can in your area. The idea is not to take up more than you can do, but, each of you could be a spark unto yourself so that the entire Bridgetown would be splendorous,” Vaswani said.
Marketing Manager of Diamonds International, Simone Ward, said: “This initiative is very important to us for many reasons, first to celebrate Barbados’ World Heritage Site, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. It also shows our commitment to continuing our collaborative efforts with the BCCI and other entities to ensure Bridgetown stays alive…
“This retail street [Broad Street] is very important on many levels. For the locals, it maintains jobs, opportunities and keeps commercial activity alive. From a tourism perspective, there are still many tourists who want to visit here. There are now many reasons besides the commercial activities in Bridgetown that would encourage them to visit. We have the Synagogue, Parliament, and the wider World Heritage Property,” Ward said.
The Breitling Clock is stationed at the taxi stand, Lower Broad Street. (BGIS)