Charmaine Stuart died last week. (GP)
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One of Barbados’ biggest calypso tents – De Big Show – has lost one of its pillars.
On Friday, members of the local entertainment fraternity took to social media to pay respects to Charmaine Stuart. She had been working with the tent for about seven years, said chairman Hallam Nicholls.
During a telephone interview yesterday, Nicholls said Stuart’s death was a shock.
“She went to the hospital in the morning and by the evening she had died; so, it wasn’t as if she was in there for a week. It shocked everybody,” he said.
Nicholls described her as a hard worker and said she was an integral part to the tent’s success. He said she would be hard to replace.
She wore several hats, working on the tent’s marketing and finances, in addition to being in charge of the door on the nights the tent wasin session.
“We normally start our preparation for Crop Over in January. She was really a reliable person; she took a lot of the strain off me because I didn’t have to worry about those things. To replace somebody like her it will not be easy,” Nicholls said.
He added that some of the entertainers, including Red Plastic Bag, Mighty Gabby, John King, Biggie Irie and Mistah Dale would put together a tribute at her funeral. (TG)