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Monuments to get facelift

At least 10 of the island’s monuments are in line for a major sprucing up over the coming weeks, thanks to the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC).

The Main Guard House and Clock Tower is one of the island’s main monuments.

The Main Guard House and Clock Tower is one of the island’s main monuments.

The Independence Arch in Bridgetown is in line for a make over.

The Independence Arch in Bridgetown is in line for a make over.

One of the island’s newest monuments just outside the famous Kensington Oval, a statue of cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers.

One of the island’s newest monuments just outside the famous Kensington Oval, a statue of cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers.

The monument of Errol Barrow adorns Independence Square.

The monument of Errol Barrow adorns Independence Square.

The statue of Sir Grantley Adams outside Government headquarters on Bay Street.

The statue of Sir Grantley Adams outside Government headquarters on Bay Street.

Making the announcement recently, chairman of the product assessment committee of the TDC Mark Thompson also said that once the monuments identified were given a facelift, the TDC would be seeking partners to maintain them.

“In some cases it might be government, but we would like as much as possible that the private sector will help maintain those monuments,” he said.

Thompson, who was addressing the corporation’s recent annual general meeting at the Accra Beach Hotel, also disclosed that the TDC was in discussions with officials of the Barbados National Trust to develop a strategic marketing plan, to ensure the Trust was making the best use of its assets across the island.

Chairman of the TDC Martin Ince explained that the sprucing up of the monuments would go beyond mere refurbishment and maintenance.

“More importantly, it is to actually tell the story as to the reason why there are monuments there. And there are many instances when we drive by monuments every day and we know it as X or Y, but we want to actually put up signage to showcase the reason why, not only for us today but for the future generation,” he explained.

“We are working very closely in collaboration with the Barbados Museum; we are working in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture. [In] our involvement so far, we have highlighted about a total of ten or 12 [monuments]. We funded the study that has been done and we have done an analysis. We have done a full, in-depth analysis of what needs to be done on a monument by monument basis.”

Ince said the Independence Arch in Bridgetown was at the top of the list of monuments to be refurbished.

He indicated that once the project was successful, the TDC would seek to spruce up some more.

The intention, Ince said, had been to have the refurbishments completed by the end of November to coincide with the island’s 50th Anniversary of independence. However, given the process required, it will take longer than initially anticipated.

The TDC chairman could not immediately say how much the organization had spent to date on the research or how much it expects to spend in total on that project.

But the corporation spends approximately $1 million each year in marketing and improvement projects.

The 29-year-old TDC, which currently has just over 40 members, gets its funding from members’ contributions.

2 Responses to Monuments to get facelift

  1. Die Hard Bajan October 18, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Can i suggest that the Barbados Labor party maintain the Grantley Adams Statue, The Democratic labor party maintain the Errol Barrow Statue as well as the Independence Arch, the Barbados Cricket Association in collaboration with the Barbados Lottery maintain the Garfield Sobers Statue.

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  2. Tony Webster October 19, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Evidently, those folks who blithely tell you that “Government got money”…are right!! Money to burn! Some folks are determined to ride a patriotic tsunami, and to have one heck of a party. It’s the after-party realities that scare me…and the morning-after hang-overs…and all the bills unpaid…and the socio-economic slide that is evidently past “tipping-point”.

    No problem….Rihanna gine sing.

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