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Sir Wes in bronze

Anmar Goodridge-Boyce

Sir Wes in bronze
The man of the moment, 83-year-old Sir Wes Hall (centre), smiling as his sister Margaret Haynes (left) and daughter Dr Kerry Hall congratulate him after cutting the ribbon to unveil the eight-foot statue in the background. - (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

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LEGENDARY WEST INDIES fast bowler Sir Wesley Winfield Hall has joined Sir Garfield Sobers once again at Kensington Oval.

On the eve of Barbados’ 54th anniversary of Independence, an eight-foot statue of Sir Wes, one of the greatest cricketers the world has ever seen, was unveiled at the region’s mecca by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley last night.

At 7:23 p.m., Mottley assisted Sir Wes in cutting the ribbon to display the bronze idol sculpted by Jason Hope outside of the venue where he enjoyed some of his best bowling performances, next to that of Sir Garry’s statue, during a glittering two-hour televised ceremony.

There were several video tributes by West Indies icons Clive Lloyd and Michael Holding, along with Joel “Big Bird” Garner, Desmond Haynes, Sir Charles Griffith and West Indies Test captain Jason Holder, before The Most Honourable Anthony Gabby Carter performed a rendition of Hit It.

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