Former Combermere teachers honoured
More than 180 old scholars and friends of the Combermere School turned up at the Hilton Barbados Resort last night to witness two former teachers inducted into the Blue Ribbon Class of distinguished Combermerians and teachers who have played a part in the development of the school and, by extension, the country.
The spotlight was focused on retired Head of the Fine Arts Department, music teacher and performer Victor Pilgrim and former Head of the Physical Education Department Harcourt Wason.
During the four-hour ceremony, old scholar and attorney-at-law, Hal Gollop QC, himself an accomplished musician, lauded the contribution made to the school by Pilgrim.
Another old scholar, chartered accountant Winsmore Humphrey, traced the exploits of Wason who was a track star during his days at Combermere and beyond.
Humphrey also lauded Wason’s contribution to the development of sports at the Waterford institution and his exploits as a sports director for primary schools in the Cayman Islands.
Pilgrim and Wason now join such illustrious Combermerians as Caribbean writer George Lamming, the late Sir Branford Taitt, Senator Reverend Harold E Chriclow, former Commissioners of Police Orville Durant and Grantley Watson, Sir Wilfred Wood, Sir Wesley Hall, businessman Rawle Brancker and former Speaker of the House ofAssembly Ishmael Roett, among others, in receiving this high accolade.