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Highlighting heroes

On November 25 during a ceremony in the Alexandra School Hall, the 2012 Beacons of St. Peter will each be presented with their Beacon Award of Excellence.

The awards are part of the St. Peter Parish Independence Committee’s 2012 Project titled From East to West, Beacons of St. Peter: I Had a Dream / Visions of Our Builders.

Attendant Corey Bradshaw said this year they were honouring their unsung heroes from the various communities across the length and breadth of the parish.

What was also noted was that the From East to West portion they plan to touch from Rampus in the west to Tenerife in the east of St. Peter. The heroes chosen were “a guiding light for persons in the communities”.

“I Had a Dream/Visions of our Builders represents the idea that these heroes had a dream to become great and they definitely succeeded in their aspirations. The hope is that the same way their vision was fulfilled, would be the same way others would aspire to become of great significance to their communities,” the PIC noted.

Today Barbados TODAY highlights some of the heroes.


The Rose Hill Tuk Band: The African instruments used prior to enslavement or westernisation were abandoned by the dominant forces, but our ancestors made the adaptation by using the colonial instruments to give expression to their rhythms, hence the plural expression of the music.

The Rose Hill Tuk Band is like a blood vessel that help keeps the flow of our culture alive. It was founded by Charles Phillip Dacosta

Sandiford in the 1970s who was joined by other founding members Cavil Best, Leader of Danse National Afrique, Sherwyn Richards and Andrew Cumberbatch.

For more than 30 years this band walked the length and breadth of our great parish playing at many fairs and functions and serenaded many residents with the sweet combination of our African rhythms which were strategically cloche with the use of the instruments of our once colonial rulers.

We all know about the ship that never sails. This ship can be seen at any event that depicts or showcases what is Barbadian culture; it is the Barbados Land Ship. This Tuk Band, our Tuk Band, with distinction has been the engine for the Barbados Land Ship for more than 20 years. They have performed with various groups such as Dancing Africa and Danse National Afrique. They can boast of being the best tuk band on the island after winning the now abandoned Tuk Band Competition which was once a highlight at the Bridgetown Festival.


Lisle M. Worrell BSM, gave exemplary community service throughout his life.

Born on March 14, 1935 at Road View, St. Peter, he later moved to Round-the-Town, St. Peter where he lived with his wife June Edwards and children.

Twenty years later he started his career in the public service as an Inspector in the Aedes Aegypti Eradication Programme in the Ministry of Health moving through the ranks until his retirement. He was a Public Health Inspector, a Senior Public Health Inspector, Northern Division and finally Chief Public Health Inspector for the Northern Division (1991), a position he served in until March 1995 when he retired with 40 years under his belt.

During his years, Worrell served in the Barbados Regiment and the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade; he was a founding member and first secretary of Bristol’s Sport Club, founding member of St. Peter’s Community Council; Chairman of the Northern District Scout’s Council. He was also a part

time lecturer in Health Studies at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, a member of CERO, the Speightstown Task Force, the Council of the Barbados Family Planning Association and numerous other committees throughout the island.

For all his efforts, he was rewarded by the numerous awards he received over the years, and in 2006 he received the Barbados Service Medal for service to the church and the community in the National Independence Awards.

Despite all his achievements he was a very humble man. He was a role model to many people in the community. He was respected and sought after for advice in various areas and seemed to be known by almost everyone.

This is why he was chosen by the community to be one of our unsung heroes.

He died on Sunday January 6, 2008.


Judy Cumberbatch is hailed as a symbol of the strong Barbadian woman who continue to contribute significantly to this island’s agricultural industry.

A proud mother of three and grandmother of four who became Queen of the Crop of Barbados in 2012 for the thirteenth time, resides in French Village.

She entered the agricultural industry more than 30 years ago during a time when sugar cane decorated the landscape of Barbados and was the driving force behind a thriving Barbadian economy

Cumberbatch was one of several Barbadians who made a living, fed their families and built homes from the hard work they did at the many plantations and factories across Barbados

She started working at Cleland Plantation in St. Andrew. Initially her task was to heap up the cane but then she decided she would cut it herself.

Presently Judy works at the Mount Gay Farm and Rock Hall Farm and can now be considered an icon of the Crop-Over Festival being the most frequent winner of the Queen of the Crop competition since its inception.

She said that the job is no easy one, especially when it rains but it is an honest living and she would continue to cut cane as long as she has strength.

Judy says: “Hard work has its rewards if you keep at it and work hard to achieve. It’s not easy but if you put your mind to it you can succeed.”

Today cane cutting has been modernised and machines now carry out this task; however, they are still a few gladiators remaining in the sugar cane arena fighting continuing the resilient work in our dying sugar industry.


Fitz “Do Do” Jordan: Fishing in the past was an important avenue to economic empowerment of many families especially along the coast line of Barbados. Its revenue fed and clothed many; built homes and help paved the way for this current generation.

Six Men’s, a jewel of St. Peter, a village sitting at the edge of the ocean is steep in tradition for fishing.

Jordan affectionately known as Do Do, Sir Ronald Trees due his immaculate dressing or simply King was born on March 15, 1915 in that village.

He lost his mother at an early age and was raised by his aunt Aida Griffith. From a young boy while he was supposed to be in school at the Speightstown Boys’ School he would be out fishing. But in the true sense of a village raising and looking out for each other’s children, his aunt would find out and would subsequently give him a good talking and a solid licking. However, that was not enough to stop him from going back.

Do Do was determined to fish and so he did.

It was said that he was the first person in the north of the island to own an Ice Boat which was called TWO BROTHERS named after his twin sons. He also owned a day boat named The Gloria Bell

He was a teacher to the youth in the community when it came to fishing and they liked to go out with him on day trips because it was said that he always returned with a catch and that he caught the biggest fish in the area. He was also known for his humanitarian service to the St. Peter’s Parish Church where he would give a portion of his catch as a contribution to whatever event they may be holding.

Do Do contributed to the fishing industry until he retired at age 70 and on his retirement his son Clarence Jordan took up the job of fishing. Do Do loved the ocean so much that in his final years he instructed that on his passing that he be laid to rest there. He died on August 29, 1990 and his wish was granted

Fitz Jordan, was buried at sea by the Barbados Coast Guard with his fishing boat sailing alongside his final chariot.

One Response to Highlighting heroes

  1. Joy Brown November 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    What is a hero and who makes one a hero,In my book a hero is someone who steps up to the plate and takes care of his son when his mother has die and leave him small,not leaving him to the wolves when his son needed him so.PLEASE check the word hero out and the meaning of it.PLAYING IN A TUK BAND DOES NOT MAKE ONE A HERO.


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