Ruling Democratic Labour Party candidate for St. Peter Senator Haynesley Benn and candidate for the bordering St. James North constituency, Senator Harry Husbands, took advantage of the Errol Barrow Day public holiday on Monday to step up their general election campaign.
Both DLP prospects utilised the rising popularity of the indigenous road tennis game, to seek to cement their presence in communities that straddle St. James North and St. Peter.
The Road Tennis Association-sanctioned Road View road tennis court was the venue of the annual road tennis tournament, which is jointly sponsored by Husbands and Benn, in collaboration with Star Chic Limited.
The two senators joined forces on this occasion to make their community contributions to the people in the “sister” constituencies.
Public Relations Officer for the road tennis tournament, Jeffrey “Jim Bo” Babb said the fun day attracted both locals and tourists to witness the games, which were played in two zones — “A” and “B”.
Four prizes were given out to the winners and second place players. The champion in the “A” zone was national road tennis “king” Terry Francis, who received a trophy and $300, followed in second position by Neil Greaves, who claimed a trophy and $200. Reco Greaves won the “B” zone and Anthony Greaves, came second. Both men were presented with similar prizes to the “A” zone winners.
Babb explained that this tournament was normally held on Independence Day, but because Husbands had already held an event on that day at Sion Hill, they decided to switch this one to Errol Barrow Day, another day of significance to Barbadians — the birthday of the “Father of Independence”. (EJ)†††