The promoters of last Saturday’s Last Lap event held at Kensington Oval are seeking to distance themselves from a video, which has been circulated on social media this week of two young men showing off their guns at a recent show.
In a letter to Barbados TODAY this evening, attorney Santia Bradshaw spoke for the Last Lap promoters, who were not identified by name, saying “to the best of their knowledge no such incident took place at the Last Lap fete.
“Mr Lyte head of security engaged by the organizers of the event has also confirmed that all patrons were personally searched by male and female security personnel and metal detectors provided by the Kensington Oval Management Inc. were also used to detect weapons. They were also over 36 security personnel as well as trained dogs at the premises on the night,” Bradshaw’s letter said.
However, police are looking into the matter which has prompted at least one other group of promoters to step up security arrangements ahead of their inaugural event for the 2016 Crop Over season.
In a telephone interview today, Tremayne Austin, spokesman for Brewster’s Road Crew (BRC), said he was concerned about recent reports of violence on the island, adding that his committee was prepared to do whatever was necessary to ensure patrons’ safety.
“If there’s one thing we take seriously is security. What we have done this year is having our events in very secure facilities. Our first event is being held on the compound in the back of BDF [Barbados Defence Force] headquarters St Ann’s Fort and we adopted the BDF security. We will also be having the RBPF [Royal Barbados Police Force] as well. I don’t think you could want it better than that,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“Then we head over to Coast Guard base and we will be replicating the same thing. We are incorporating the people in Barbados that really take charge when it comes to security and violence. I can guarantee you that our patrons will feel extremely safe. They have always been safe before with the security firm we have worked with in the past and we will still work with them. We try to meet between the two, the private security and the BDF/RBPF.”
Austin, said he was quite concerned about the intentions of partygoers these days and urged them to come out and have good clean fun.
“I never thought the day would come when Barbados would get to this stage. All you can do is hope that the police and other security personnel be in a position to more or less control it. I was always concerned about the violence. For my patrons I try to promote clean fun. I don’t understand people looking to come out for fighting; you come out to have fun . . . especially during Crop Over when you have so many tourists coming into Barbados,” Austin added.
He said promoters should be committed to providing a safe partying environment for Barbadians at all events.
“I don’t have any fear when it comes to our events, I’m just in fear of the violence in general. But we are basically giving more confidence in BRC members and team that we could provide a safe environment. We have always done it and we will continue,” he stressed.