It has been said that nothing good can come out of Nazareth, in this case the Ivy, but the youth of the area sought to give the lie to this claim on Sunday morning when they came together and engaged in positive, fun activities, such as tug-o-war, cart racing, hand wrestling, press-ups and street racing.
Organiser of the friendly competition Marlon Greaves told Barbados TODAY he was sitting around at the entrance to the housing area when the idea came to him to engage each other in friendly competition.
“I am aware that over the past four to five weeks, the Ivy has been attracting negative Press because of shootings and stone and bottle throwing. This behaviour does not reflect positively on the area so we decided to exercise our bodies by engaging in tug-o-war and street racing.
“We want to show fellow Barbadians that the Ivy is not a collection of thugs. We have youth who have a positive outlook on life too,” Greaves said.
Expressing similar sentiments, fellow organiser of the activities Jason Outram said: “ It is not fair to believe that we are all thugs in the Ivy. The Ivy has a proud heritage. There was a time when we produced outstanding sons and daughters of this country. At an earlier period of the island’s history, St Giles Primary School produced outstanding students. The Ivy is the birthplace of such outstanding citizens as appellate judge John Connell and political personalities Dr Don Blackman, Joseph “Johnny” Tudor and Trevor Prescod.
“Journalist Clennell Wickman, national Heroes Dr Charles Duncan O’neal and Sir Hugh Springer resided in the area at some time in their lives. We look forward to reclaiming this rich heritage.”
The development comes mere weeks after senior members of the Royal Barbados Police Force, headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Eucklyn Thompson, staged a walk-through of the area in response to concerns expressed by residents over an upsurge in gunplay.
During the walkthrough, Thompson sought to allay the fears of residents and gave them the assurance that the Force would not leave any stone unturned in bringing calm to the district.
He suggested that churches, non-governmental organisations, social groups and even members of the political directorate should come together and bring cohesion to the community.
Since then, a level of calm has returned to the area.