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Simmons and Pragnell to be honoured at Festival

Keith Simmons and the late Alfred Pragnell will be honoured at this year’s Holetown Festival.

For the first time in its history, the Holetown Festival committee will award the two with the “Keys to Holetown”. They were said to be the brainchild behind the festival when it was established back in 1977 to celebrate the anniversary of the first settlement of Barbados.

The festival begins tomorrow, February 10, with an opening ceremony to be held at the Holetown Monument opposite the Super Centre car park.

On the cards for the entertainment package are: Dancin’ Africa, the St. James Primary School and dancers, Zoe Trotman and Dalano Wickham. Also new to this year’s festivities is Settlers, the West Coast Experience carnival to be held on February 16 and chairman of the committee, Eon Phillips, told Barbados TODAY they were hoping that this addition would bring value to the festival.

There is expected to be a variety of entertainment and something for everyone: gospel, classical, tuk band, calypso, steel band, folk dancing, arts and craft exhibition, the much anticipated Flood Lit Tattoo by the Royal Barbados Police Force and a parade of vintage motor vehicles.

The street fair, held on the Saturday, usually attracts a large crowd and even with the activities surrounding elections bustling, Phillips said he was sure that many people would still bring out the children and have a wonderful fun-filled family day.

Other events during the week-long celebrations include The Alfred Pragnell Memorial Talk, the street fair, the Festival 7K Road Run and the Queen of the Festival Pageant will culminate this year’s edition. (KC)†††

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