Gabby wants Carlisle Bay name change

Cultural Ambassador Anthony ‘Gabby’ Carter is calling for Carlisle Bay to be renamed to Fergusson Bay in honour of Barbadian mariner Captain George Fergusson.

Saying that the Earl of Carlisle James Hay, after whom the bay is named has never done anything for Barbados, Gabby said Fergusson was much more deserving of the honour.

“Nobody has done more for marine life and to understand the sea,” he said, as he argued that Ferguson possessed an understanding of not only the waters, causes of pollution and the need for protection, but also the foremost native person “who understood to protect the fish, and who understood to protect the reefs, who understood to protect the beaches”.

Anthony 'Gabby' Carter says the Earl of Carlisle has done nothing to merit having anything in Barbados named after him.
Anthony ‘Gabby’ Carter says the Earl of Carlisle has done nothing to merit having anything in Barbados named after him.

Addressing the University of Independence Square rally last night, he added: “So I am advocating tonight that we rally, that we start programmes . . . do everything to change the name of this bay from Carlisle Bay to George Fergusson Bay.”

Last night’s gathering was the second of a monthly series to provide a forum for persons to voice their views on subjects of concern, while artistes display their talent.

Gabby did both. Between performances of his compositions ‘Riots in the Land’ and ‘Take down Nelson’, he also entered the political storm created over Barbados’ hosting members of the British Royal Family as part of the celebration of Parliament’s 375th anniversary.

“We are celebrating 375 years of so-called parliamentary democracy. And yet, think about it, we invited a man who can potentially become the Kind of England to be celebrating with us. We had to spend some kind of money to do that,” he said. “If we had enslaved anybody from Europe, you think they would invite us up to celebrate with them?

“So I object to that profusely. I think it is a waste of money and a way of insulting our people.”

Gabby, who in the 1980s electrified Barbados and the Caribbean with protest tunes like ‘Dah beach is mine’ and ‘Boots’, turned his attention to the statue of a person with a dubious record as it relates to Barbados – Lord Horatio Nelson.

Standing on Independence Square, Gabby pointed in the direction of the square in which Lord Nelson’s statue stands and said, “If you look over there, you going to see his statue, blocking the people from passing in Broad Street. And I say that is an injustice to the people of Barbados. And I say that has got to change.”

7 Responses to Gabby wants Carlisle Bay name change

  1. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews March 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    trying to hide the facts that the Island was an English colony ? maybe New Jersey should change some of the Indian names of some of their counties also .

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  2. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock March 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I agree with you,Dr.Gabby

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  3. Jane Johnson
    Jane Johnson March 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Come on of all the hundred and one important things to be done in Barbados, Gabby who obviously don’t know his history and the importance of having the statue of Nelson in Barbados, should be reminded that as unimportant as the statue is to him, Barbados had the statue and the square 36 years before England so I think that is something that any sensible thinking person should think of. I don’t think we as educated Barbadians should be hostile to the Royal family, We need tourist to come to Barbados to help and improve our lives

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  4. Jonathan Martindale
    Jonathan Martindale March 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I hear what he is saying, but removing a statue with such history is almost cultural vandalism. I fine with the Carlisle Bay thing though and with Barbados becoming a commonwealth Republic as well.

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  5. Jonathan Martindale
    Jonathan Martindale March 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I hear what he is saying, but removing a statue with such history is almost cultural vandalism. I fine with the Carlisle Bay thing though and with Barbados becoming a commonwealth Republic as well.

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  6. Sanderson Rowe March 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Remove the statue of Lord Nelson, put up one of our own, and let it end up like the destroyed and overturned palms along Broad St, and the smashed statue of Sir Everton Weeks. Not forgetting the damage done recently to one of our living statues at Kensignton Oval. Until we start to respect our very own, let us keep what we have.

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  7. Clyde March 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Move Nelson,Rename Carlisle bay,
    Gabby why not rename Oistin’s Town after Cidney Burnett Alleyne
    after all be would have brought home the dolphins.
    Rename the Garrison Savannah ,’David Seals Downs’ since his race horses made so much money there.
    Make Riana a Dame and Richard Stoute a Sir as a matter of fact,why not get rid of the knighthood altogether.
    Rebels without a cause.

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