Walrond after St John seat
He has taken the oath of Justice of Peace. Now he is interested in taking another oath, this time as Member of Parliament for the constituency of St John.
Anthony Walrond is going after the seat for the constituency of St John that became vacant with the passing of its representative, Prime Minister David Thompson.
Walrond told the Daily NATION that he was seriously offering himself as a candidate for the St John seat and believed that “he would be failing his fellow residents and ignoring the confidence that the late Prime Minister deposed in him if he did not offer his experience and expertise to this cause”.
“I am not seeking to launch a political career; only to do my best till the end of this term in continuing the task of uplifting St John and Barbados, wherever possible, and in setting goals for the candidates that follow.”
Walrond, born at Sealy Hall and now a resident of Massiah Street, both in St John, is a retired teacher.
His is a household name (Wally or Bob) in St John districts like College Savannah, Sealy Hall, Sargeant Street, Society, Coach Hill, Welch Village, Massiah Street and others.
The proprietor of the Crossbar, a popular liming spot in St John, was president of the St John Cultural Cricket Club for four years until 2008.
He is a long-standing member of the Democratic Labour Party and the St John constituency branch.
Walrond said that being a member of the St John Constituency Council has given him further insight into the challenges facing the people of “the poorest parish” and promised that “at the parliamentary level”, he would be able to do more about these challenges.
Walrond’s experience spans the community, educational, cultural, sporting, administrative and political landscapes of Barbados.
As chairman of the National Cultural Foundation from 1986 to 1994, he presided over the growth of the Crop-Over Festival and helped mould the solid base on which NIFCA now thrives. (JS)