happy independence day
54 years strong
I pledge allegiance to my country Barbados and to my flag.
To uphold and defend their honour,
and by my living, to do credit to my nation, wherever I go.
What a time it must have been
Just imagine, it’s November of 1966 and Barbados is taking the final steps towards a new frontier. Independence.
Many chests would have been swelling with pride, and just as many stomachs tied up in nervous knots. Can you imagine the pressure on the independence planning committees? Then factor this in; no email, no cellphones, no Whatsapp. And we think planning a baby shower is stressful.
While we can’t relive those precious days, we can take a look back in time and get a glimpse of what was happening in and around the island.
November 1st, 1966.
The front page of the Barbados Advocate declared:
“Only Two Days To Go”.
“There are just two days to go before Barbados’ 99 988 electors go to the polls to elect a new Government.”
The Democratic Labour Party, led by Errol Barrow, was convinced of their reelection; the Barbados Labour Party, under Grantley Adams, was equally confident of a victory.
“Mr Trevor Thorington, a former teacher of the Pine Primary School, and Miss Rosemary Morris, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Gay Morris, of Princess Royal Avenue, Pine St. Michael, became engaged on Saturday night, at a party held at Mr Thorington’s home, Cave Hill, St Michael.”
“Dentist In The Chair” was playing at the “Sundown DriveIn”; “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was playing on CBC-TV at 8:35 pm; and the winning TV-BINGO numbers were: 75, 43, 10, 2, 13, 57, 4, 31, 60, 66, 6, 41.