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Roger that!

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Roger that!

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ORANGE STREET WAS PAINTED red with the sounds of pan at the CBC Pan In De City and Q In The Community last Saturday night in Speightstown.
?The large crowd at the Esplanade in St Peter watched in wonder as the Jolly Roger boat made its way from Bridgetown to the jetty in St Peter.
?While on the high seas heading north, something was surely happening on the pleasure craft as RPB performed. And Biggie Irie put the “pan” in Pankatang while backed by the Olakunde Steel Orchestra which also provided the main entertainment on the near two-hour cruise, along with Eastland All Stars.
Once the Jolly Roger’s entourage reached the Esplanade, cruisers joined the bustling crowd, utilising every vantage point possible along Orange Street.
?VIPs such as King and Queen Of The Crop Grantley Hurley and Judy Cumberbatch, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley and National Cultural Foundation chief executive officer Cranston Browne and chairman Maureen Graham watched the action from a balcony.
They were treated to the cool sounds of RS Pan Tronics which performed blasts from the past, including a few Bob Marley and old-time soca favourites during the hour-long set.
Young and old alike were “wined down”, “turn ’round” and even joined in a spirited electric slide session when RPB performed in the gazebo along with RS Pan Tronics.
On another stage a few feet away, Sunset Steel Orchestra took over the night. Opening with Earth, Wind & Fire’s Fantasy, they kept the groove steady with a number of well-known songs from various genres.
And in regular Q In The Community style, Barbadians carried their own key for the rest of the night and into the morning. (LW)