An expression of love


Bridgetown and its environs got a thorough cleaning today thanks to the members of the Barbados Association of Retailers, Vendors and Entrepreneurs (BARVEN).

From as early as four o’clock this morning, President Alistair Alexander, Vice President Erskine Forde, Anthony Fitzroy and others began the clean-up they described as an “expression of our love to the nation and to our fellow man.”

It was also apart of the association’s week of activities.


Public Relations Officer Robert Maloney told Barbados TODAY vendors were an important part of the legacy of historic Bridgetown and they wanted to continue to make a contribution to the development of The City.

He added that while some people were critical of vendors, the age-old business made a valuable contribution to the economy and it was therefore important that vendors play their part in celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Independence.


“People look down on vending in many different ways but if we look at vending within its rightful arena it is a noble trade no matter how lowly or humble it is… it doesn’t mean that we are not intelligent people or clean people.

“Vendors have a big role to play, we are proud, we love our country and we want the world to know that” Maloney stressed.

He said the clean-up would be an annual under taking and urged Barbadians to get involved


“We have to fulfill that responsibility to continue to build, and uplift our country whatever we can do, “ he said.


12 Responses to An expression of love

  1. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke November 20, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Quite sure it’s because Prince Harry is coming to town. Why lie do they think people are stupid? #stuuuuuuuups

    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes November 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      And they are wasting their time as he has seen and worked in worse places. Lol

  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes November 20, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Love of country should be everyday. Keep it clean everyday.

  3. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch November 20, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Great job guys ,but on a whole we Barbadians need to step up and take better care of our sorroundings.

  4. Sherlock Holmes. November 20, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Great gesture a true symbol of patriotism. If only those who seem to want to derail this country for their vain ambitions would take note.

  5. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar November 20, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    You guys are making a very important contribution to the economy and by extension the Country as a whole. Sometimes it is better to do business with the wayside vendor than the Supermarkets. So keep up the good work guys.

  6. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor November 20, 2016 at 7:09 pm
  7. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson November 20, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    good work brother .let me know in the future

  8. Watchman November 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you BARVEN, respect due.

  9. Helicopter(8P) November 21, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Vending goods produced by locals and by our Caribbean neighbors should not be looked down on as we are supposed to be an educated society in a Global Village. Our mentality should go far beyond that negativity of thought. Barbados will always have a place in heart and locality for it’s micro busyness people, without them there is much unemployment looking at us in our faces. One thing that must be emphasis is diplomacy in communicating with the general public. I will always be a concerned Barbadian!

  10. Brewster November 21, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Well done guys! I don’t believe you are doing it for the royal visit. You are doing what a lot of bajans should be doing instead of litter bugging all over the place. I love Barbados and was quite upset to see how untidy it was looking. Where has the pride gone? Singing and chanting we are proud to be a bajan is not enough. Show it at every opportunity. If the residents do not abide start on the spot fines. Help bring in more money to KEEP the vendor’s visible. This is what the people and tourists are accustomed to and love. It is part and parcel of our HERITAGE. Why hide it?

  11. kathy-Ann Clarke November 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    That is really nice of them. If they can submit themselves to doing it at least twice a month,or so, that will be a great gesture. Wishing them all the best.


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