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BARP folk party hearty

Marlon Madden

BARP folk  party hearty

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It was one big party on the grounds of Ilaro Court yesterday when hundreds of retirees gathered for the fourth annual Crop-Over Extravaganza celebration of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP).It was entertainment from start to finish with appearances from Mother Sally and De Pomposetters Tuk Band. Then it was time to party and dance the afternoon away.It was like Grand Kadooment day, minus the bands, as the huge crowd of retired persons gathered in front of the stage for the “open dance floor” session. Despite light drizzle and a cloudy sky, the retirees dispelled any notion that they could not “wuk up” and enjoy themselves as they jammed to live performances from entertainers including John King, Biggie Irie, Edwin Yearwood, Red Plastic Bag, Ras Iley and Mark Lord, among others.Patrons were treated to performances from Jennifer Walker, who had them laughing almost hysterically. BARP president Ernest Batson said they have a membership that is approximately 25 000. He said last year about 600 people attended the much anticipated event, adding he expected more yesterday.   “This event pictures our members being active and enjoying the music, so we have a different image of what an old person is. This is our day to have our fete. The members also get a chance to sit and talk about the organisation. They always look forward to this event,” he said.This year, BARP celebrates 15 years of existence. (MM)