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SOCIAL SCENE: Sir Hilary’s grand send-off

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

SOCIAL SCENE: Sir Hilary’s grand send-off

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THE “CARIBBEANNES” of new vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles, shone through at his impressive installation ceremony at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex last weekend.

Trinidadian calypsonian David Rudder belted out out his High Mas to the accompaniment of 1688 Orchestra; the cast of the National Heroes Series and the Cavite Chorale performed an excerpt from Sir Hilary’s play The Betrayal, re-enacting National Hero The Rt Excellent Clement Payne’s 1937 address  to the Golden Square audience, and Barbados’ Gabby joined Jamaica’s Ibo Cooper, former member of the reggae band Third World, and Dominica’s “First Lady of Creole” Ophelia Marie to sing Reparations Song.

Caribbean accents could be heard everywhere when the formalities were over and guests were mingling and chatting over cocktails.