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Fired up

Richard Sealy meeting one of the people at the Expo.

Craftsmen engaged in the production of clay pottery in St. Andrew should be featured annually in this island’s Tourism Week.

Manager of Chalky Mount Pottery, John Springer, offered this suggestion earlier today during an interview with Barbados TODAY.

Springer said that Democratic Labour Party candidate for St. Andrew, Irene Sandiford-Garner, who attended the show was “upbeat” about the Bajan Expo. The expo, held over the weekend at Chalky Mount, featured carftsmen and vendors selling their creations to visitors and residents who had attended.

The event, which began at 2 p.m. was extended well into the night with some of the patrons calling it “Chalky Mount By Night”.

Tourists were bussed from some of the island’s hotel for a glimpse of night life in Chalky Mount. Springer said some of the visitors expressed interest in the creations and bought some.

He explained that the attractions provided for patrons included buggy rides through the village.

“As a craftsman, if I had to grade the event, I would have given it a seven out of ten since it achieved most of the objectives set by the organisers. The event was well attended,” Springer said.

Entertainer Mikey, who won three crowns in this year’s Crop-Over Festival, headlined the entertainment package.

Meanwhile, Godivier Jean-Paul, of Highlnd Pottery, a potter for the past 14 years, commended the authorities for bringing the event to the district.

Jean-Paul, whose husband is considered a master potter, said if she had to grade the event she would give it a nine out of ten. The potter said she was surprised that many Barbadians had never visited Chalky Mount before.

She added that even though several of the patrons showed interest in the products they did not make many sales. She, however, suggested that it should be an annual feature of Tourism Week.†(NC)

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