Speightstown Market, a welcome treat
Cloudy skies did not deter locals and visitors to Speightstown yesterday as Crop Over came to the north of the island with Speightstown Market and Pan Around De Town.
Patrons were treated to the sounds of the tuk band and performances from the St Thomas Community Dancers, as well as contestants from the Junior Calypso Monarch.
Participants of the National Cultural Foundation’s painting workshop entitled ‘En Plen Air’ (Open Air) also got to showcase their work at the Speightstown Esplanade.
Billed as a family affair, Speightstown Market was a welcome addition to the Crop Over calendar, as vendors said the one-day event helped boost business in the historic city.
Cindy Hurley, who attended for the second year, stated that Pan Around De Town “gives Speightstown a nice, lively atmosphere”. She noted there were also more stalls and patrons this year compared to last year.
Another vendor, Gina Wahid, said she was also pleased with the NCF’s decision to include the northern town in Crop Over’s programme of activities, as it was a chance for newcomers to explore the historic site, and also for locals to enjoy the improvements to the area.
Owner of Fisherman’s Pub, Clement Armstrong, declared his loyalty to the area, saying, “I owe everything to Speightstown”.
“Speightstown is driven by family…that’s why I come out here today to share my joy with people that come into Speightstown and show them that’s the way we operate,” the resident of 43 years said.