Pride of parish
CREATIVITY AND COLOUR hit the stage last Saturday night as the parish ambassadors showed off their costumes and formal wear attire at the Spirit Of The Nation Show.
The costumes were splendid, well-crafted and depicted the unique heritage of each parish. As the eleven pairs of parish ambassadors presented their costumes based on the area they would have researched for their parish projects, St Lucy emerged as the best team in the costume segment.
Ambassadors Tony Pompey and Sadie Maynard, whose project was based on the concept Lucy – Her People, Places and Prospects, paraded in a costume which spoke to the potential for development and the opportunities that can be gained by the country through development in St Lucy.
The costume of the ambassadors for St George was impressive. Their representation of their area of research, The Sugar Basket . . . The Economic Bedrock Of Barbados, saw ambassador Renaldo Yarde depicting a cane harvester while Anecia Farley’s costume showed how to transport cane through the traditional method of hauling. It also portrayed the strength and determination of women in the society.
The other gowns were elegant and the suits were sophisticated in the formal wear segment. St Thomas’ ambassadors Balfour Seale and Mone-Renata Holder won Best Formal Wear for their Pauline Bellamy-designed outfits. Holder wore a lime green satin and burlap dress while Seale wore a complementing suit.
Christ Chruch’s ambassadors Kimisha King and Angelo Beckles were resplendent in their formal wear pieces, which were designed by Lester Welch. King’s white and silver dress had red and yellow flowers on the shoulder to also embody the unity and harmony of the churches, and the concept was based on the song Jesus Loves The Little Children.
St James’ Romel Bishop and Kree Simpson were stylish in their Kingsley Thorne designs. Bishop’s light blue suit, which portrayed the Caribbean Sea, was a fitting complement to Simpson’s gown which was made of various shades of blue as they portrayed the Platinum Coast of St James.
The richness and fertility of the soil found at the over 34 plantations in St Peter was portrayed in their formal wear while the water lily pond at Codrington College was the inspiration for the formal wear entitled The Water Lily In Full Bloom worn by the St John Ambassadors.
In addition to the colours, the talent was plentiful. St Andrew’s talent was displayed by Deborah Bovell, whose recitation of a self-penned dramatic poem entitled Expressing Your Talent was well-received and showed pride in things that make St Andrew unique.
In the talent segment, Shenise Marshall, who represented Christ Church, sang Cheryl Hackett’s Beautiful And Unspoilt. Marshall’s attire was stunning. She wore an orange dress and had a map of Barbados draped over her arm.
Romaine Lovell of St John gave a performance of his thought-provoking poem Voices Of Barbados, which spoke about the need for parents to listen to their children and develop relationships with them. The X-clusive Dancers from St George won the prize for the most impactful act for their dance routine to some of the greatest music hits to come out of the island.
Little Tresan Gibson, who represented St Peter in talent, delivered the humorous poem Bring It, which spoke of the state of West Indies cricket and how he intends to whip the players back into shape.