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Patrons cry for drums

Randy Bennett

Patrons cry for drums

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Bring back the drums!
That is the plea that is being made by people attending this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools Athletic Championships (BSSAC) being held at the National Stadium.
One woman even went as far as to say that patrons should boycott the event next year if the ban on the drums wasn’t lifted.
For the past three years the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools (BAPPSS) has enforced a ban on the musical instrument, due to the inappropriate behaviours which it said accompanied the usually fast-paced, pulsating beats.
However, spectators are practically begging for the drum’s reintroduction, saying that its absence had led to a “dead feeling” and a “lack of excitement”.
Despite their absence, students still filled the air with the sounds of their voices, and in some circumstances, make-shift instruments, while rehearsing loud chants as they sought to urge their fellow athletes on.
What was especially interesting was the fact that Barbados’ lone all-female secondary school Springer Memorial, who have practically all but wrapped up the girls’ championship, was coincidentally also hailing for the lone all-male secondary school St Leonard’s Boys’, who are also leading their division.
In yesterday’s meet, all of the stands excepting for the A stand were full to capacity, but that is expected to change in today’s final day of action.