Bridgetown and its environs got a thorough cleaning today thanks to the members of the Barbados Association of Retailers, Vendors and Entrepreneurs (BARVEN).
From as early as four o’clock this morning, President Alistair Alexander, Vice President Erskine Forde, Anthony Fitzroy and others began the clean-up they described as an “expression of our love to the nation and to our fellow man.”
It was also apart of the association’s week of activities.
Public Relations Officer Robert Maloney told Barbados TODAY vendors were an important part of the legacy of historic Bridgetown and they wanted to continue to make a contribution to the development of The City.
He added that while some people were critical of vendors, the age-old business made a valuable contribution to the economy and it was therefore important that vendors play their part in celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Independence.
“People look down on vending in many different ways but if we look at vending within its rightful arena it is a noble trade no matter how lowly or humble it is… it doesn’t mean that we are not intelligent people or clean people.
“Vendors have a big role to play, we are proud, we love our country and we want the world to know that” Maloney stressed.
He said the clean-up would be an annual under taking and urged Barbadians to get involved
“We have to fulfill that responsibility to continue to build, and uplift our country whatever we can do, “ he said.