Praises were heaped on one of Barbados’ newest knights, Sir Charles Griffith, today by businessman Rawle Brancker, who said the former Barbados and West Indies cricketer was truly deserving of the accolade.
During a short ceremony to unveil a plaque in honour of his late Barbados Lumber Company Limited co-founder Amory Phillips this afternoon, Brancker also recognized the contribution of the 78-year-old retired cricketer for his contribution to the growth of the company.
“When we were planning this function we did not know that we would have in our function Sir Charles Christopher Griffith. Congratulations, I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone here at the Lumber Company, that we are elated. We think that it is well deserved,” Brancker said following the official announcement made in this year’s Independence Day honours list.
“Sir Charles we are delighted that you have been able to show to many in this country that their hopes and aspirations can be met,” he added.
However, when approached for comment Sir Charles said he would speak on his knighthood at a later date.
In the meantime, veteran land surveyor and property valuation professional Warwick Franklin – now Sir Warwick – told Barbados TODAY he was pleased with his honour.
“I worked very hard in my community to serve my people for 13 years and even if I may say so, I served them with distinction,” said Sir Warwick, adding that he always went out of his way to do the very best he could.
Sir Warwick, who is a Democratic Labour Party stalwart and former Cabinet minister, said he was able to assist many people in his civic and political lives “and I continue to do what I can to make Barbados a better place.”
“I am grateful to God for giving me the strength in body. I am grateful to my immediate family, particularly my wife, my brothers and my sons and daughters. I am grateful to those persons who worked with me over the years and are familiar with the efforts I have put in, both in valuation and surveying profession,” he said, while recalling that he was one of the first persons to develop a valuation division in Barbados.
Newspaper publisher and broadcaster Anthony Bryan was also knighted in this year’s Independence Honours list, a feat which he attributed to his focus on “presenting a positive, balanced credible view of Barbados”. He has therefore accepted his knighthood with great pride.
In all 41 awards were conferred on Barbadians this year for their outstanding contributions in a wide variety of areas, including entertainment, mental health, teaching, trade unionism, special education and small business.