Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Member of Parliament (MP) for St. Andrew, George Payne says the party’s annual Heroes Day picnic will be filled with surprises. And while he isn’t making any promises, Payne has hinted that dancehall sensation Buju Banton may be in attendance.
Police officers, BLP officials and other stakeholders gathered at the Barclay’s Park on the Ermy Bourne Highway for the site visit in preparation for this weekend’s event. In addition to a number of entertainers, Payne has promised the event will be “Buju-mania” on the beach.
“Many of the artists have given their time gratis and I am hoping that we have an enjoyable time up here, especially because it is the weekend of the Buju show and it will be Buju-mania down here at Barclays Park,” he said, while opting not to give specifics.
“I am not saying that he will be here, but don’t be surprised, because I have been told that there will be a surprise and I am not too sure whether that surprise will be Buju, but down here will be ‘bare’ Buju-mania on the 29th of April.”
Payne told media personnel that he expected a large turnout for the event, while revealing that approximately 150 buses would be used to transport supporters.
“Normally this picnic is the biggest in Barbados and we are hoping that we can keep up that trend. As I speak, we expect 150 buses, not necessarily from the Transport Board, because we are also involving a lot of the private concessionaires including minibuses, route taxis etc.
“We have included all 30 constituencies including St Michael West. Some constituencies have as many as 20 buses and I believe if we had 500 buses available in Barbados, all buses would be taken. I am looking out for all Barbadians, not necessarily just Barbados Labour Party (BLP) supporters, because if you look at it, the Barbados Labour Party got almost 80 per cent of the vote in the last election, so the whole of Barbados is expected to come,” he said.
National Heroes Day is celebrated on the birthday of the BLP’s founder, Sir Grantley Grantley Adams.
“Last time this area was blocked and there were a number of people who wanted to come and could not get here. We are trying to get persons who would not otherwise be able to get directly to the site here at Barclays Park transported from another area.”
Payne also revealed that more celebrations were being planned to commemorate the party’s historic victory at the polls last May.
“The 24th of May was a historic event in Barbados and it was the first time that any political party won all 30 seats. We haven’t identified the spot as yet but we are hoping to have a big celebration on the 24th of May as well,” he said.