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Route gets nod from residents

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Route gets nod from residents

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MOST RESIDENTS of Green Hill, St Michael, did not mind the noise or restricted access resulting from Grand Kadooment yesterday.This year’s Kadooment returned to the longer route, last seen in 1995, and the DAILY NATION quizzed residents as to their feelings about the change.Most people said it was very convenient for them as they did not have to go anywhere to view the bands, just walk outside their homes.Edwin Armstrong lives in Lewis Gap. He said he left home at 6 a.m. to ensure he did not have any difficulties.“I went to the Shell gas station in Warrens but even at that hour there were a lot of vehicles dropping off people,” he said.Armstrong said he could feel the vibrations in his home but it was not a problem.Genoa Dowridge of Lewis Gap said she was usually travelling during Kadooment so this was her first in a long time.“It’s very good and it’s nice entertainment, very colourful,” she said, but she was not entirely comfortable with some of the behaviour.Sisters Veronica and Claudette Abraham also live in Lewis Gap. “I feel proud my children can stand here and watch the bands instead of having to walk to the Stadium. I would like it to continue passing here,” said Claudette.“Normally I would have to walk to the Stadium, but now I just have to come out my front door,” added Veronica.Stafford Alleyne of Small Land said he was not really into Kadooment but since it was passing so near, he would come out.Sangene Mahaica and her husband Selwyn opted to stay at home and watch Kadooment on television rather than attend the nearby festivities.On Thursday last week, police had said motorists on the west side of Green Hill would be allowed to cross, but only during intervals between bands.Meta Goodman, also of Lewis Gap, was on her way to the party when the DAILY NATION passed by. She said she was accustomed to loud music from two nearby churches. However, not everyone was happy with the change. Jacqueline Harper said she would prefer Kadooment farther from home.“I could do without the noise. Kadooment does not mean anything anymore. I soon have to drive out from here, so now I have to see [how to get out],” she said. (CA)

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