Westbury ready . . .Finishing touches being put to RiRi honour

The stage is set for this week’s big renaming of Westbury New Road in honour of this country’s best known performing artiste Rihanna.

As part of the 51st anniversary of Independence celebrations on Thursday, Government will also be mounting a major sign on the street on which the Bajan pop sensation grew up.

“The sign is going to have a really beautiful photograph of her, three blocks of script – one identifying the date and by whom it was unveiled, of course Rihanna and the Prime Minister. The second one is a little synopsis of the history of her incredible accomplishments, like the Grammy Awards, and then the third one is a personal message from her,” tourism consultant Hugh Foster explained during a visit to the site earlier today.

It was on October 13, in a brief statement released by the Barbados Government Information Service, that the Ministry of Tourism had revealed Government’s big plans.

“The Government of Barbados will on Independence Day, Thursday, November 30, 2017, officially change the name of Westbury New Road located in St Michael to Rihanna Drive in honour of Barbadian superstar Ms Robyn Rihanna Fenty who grew up in Westbury New Road,” the brief announcement had said.

Since then, extensive work has been done in preparation for the Independence Day unveiling, which takes place at 3 p.m. Thursday in the close-knit urban community.

Today, as workmen contracted by Government were busy putting the finishing touches to their sprucing up work, Supervisor Kennedy Springer reported that a total of 38 houses would be fully painted and beautified by Wednesday.

Kathy Ife Harris, who has lived in the community all her life and will be delivering a speech at Thursday’s ceremony, said she was grateful for the facelift, and was eagerly looking forward to the re-naming which she expects will attract thousands of visitors to the area and give Barbados some much needed tourism exposure.

“I like the fact that the area is being niced up for the residents. Changing the name to Rihanna Drive did something for everybody because our houses look good for Christmas,” she said, adding that “we now have a brand name street”.

Harris also described Rihanna as “the best thing that our tourism board has”, while suggesting that the renaming should also provide a boost to the island’s number one industry.

“Everybody would know this street. It will end up in magazines all over the world.  If people use their heads they could even make a little dollar out of all the traffic,” an excited Harris said.

Also happy that the street would now bear Rihanna’s name is Monica Cooke-Waithe, who told Barbados TODAY the 29-year-old truly deserved the national accolade after all she had done for the island.

“She deserves it after putting Barbados on the map,” she said.

Another resident, Sandra Pilgrim, told Barbados TODAY she was extremely grateful for the facelift which she said was already generating increased traffic in the area.

“We used to get a lot of tourists, but to me now we getting more. . . . People just want to see where she [Rihanna] used to live. It doesn’t even matter the day, even on Sundays we get a lot of tourists,” she told Barbados TODAY.


Source: (anmargboyce@barbadostoday.bb.)

18 Responses to Westbury ready . . .Finishing touches being put to RiRi honour

  1. Keisha King
    Keisha King November 27, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    can we please have a Rihanna road in St. George as well so our roads can be fixed

  2. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond November 27, 2017 at 10:04 pm


  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 27, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Wunna got funds for renaming Westbury Road, repairing de road, and decorating properties but no funds for White Hill. Disgrace!

  4. Tony Webster November 28, 2017 at 4:54 am

    This will surely solve all our current, festering, economic and fiscal problems.

  5. archy perch November 28, 2017 at 9:48 am

    @ Keisha King. For years during the BLP government and when Louis Tull was MP for St.George South no roads were done. The DLP won the government in 2008 general elections, Dr. Esther Bye-Suchoo become the MP and she started things rolling. I am told that all the roads that have been done to date still is because of her efforts, even though she is not the current representative. Do your research and you would realise what Dr. Suchoo has done during her time. Compare her record to Dwight Sutherland, and you will get an empty suit promising alot and delivering nothing. I am told that he tells voters he is responsible for many completed projects that Esther has done, which is a big lie.I see Dr.Suchoo is seeking to represent the St.George South again. Give her your X and you will see your area and the constituency come alive. And Keisha, do not wuk for no wuk with Dwight while falling for empty promises.

  6. archy perch November 28, 2017 at 9:53 am

    WE here in St.Andrew hoping to get our roads done also but we got to get that short man George Payne (in the arse) out first and get Irene Sandiford-Gardner in as MP. Payne has been sitting on his but and taking us for granted for 25 years. A failure beyond compare.

    • roger headley November 28, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Archy stuck in a rut, Suckoo was there and nothing changed in terms of the roads; The Thompson’s were there and nothing changed in terms of anything. Are you getting the picture?

  7. John Everatt November 28, 2017 at 11:50 am

    If we even want to retain the existing tourists we have then the sewage issues in Hastings and Worthing needs to be fixed immediately. However government does not seem to be interested in preserving what we have [the low hanging fruit] and instead wants to spend money on something new. There is nothing wrong with something new but to not maintain what we already have is a sin.

  8. Bam bam November 28, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Archy perch I like u comment it full of hear say she say them say,what u cn do is take a drive through st George an u realise only 2 road get fix in st George past 70 years that’s from Brighton to Windsor junction an Brighton to feather bed lane an the took 7 1/2 years to complete the rest well in know what to tell u bout them

  9. Saundra November 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I love Bajans.

  10. Roverp November 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    A really dumb idea is now a reality. Seriously we could have when the Chinese were here converted the gym to an entertainment center and name it after Rhianna.

  11. Beige Jann November 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    @KeishaKing I like dat comment, dem need to rename all de roads in BIM so dem get pothole fixed, you know like HWY1 Pothole HWy 2 Pothole #3 Highway pothole and so on !!! LOL

  12. Belfast November 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    That Rihanna Road cannot be a true Bajan road unless it has a few deep potholes, with overgrown bush at the side and garbage strewn alongside.

  13. Cryptic Messenger November 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    The only thing this government has managed to do is to rename schools, polyclinics and now roads….a group of misfits.

  14. BIGSKY November 30, 2017 at 2:04 am


  15. BIGSKY November 30, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Keisha King,we coming in St.George next with the renaming ceremony.We will change the existing name to POTHOLE BOULEVARD.

  16. archy perch November 30, 2017 at 6:06 am

    @ roger headley. You are incorrect Sir about Suchoo. Much was changed and accomplished during her five year stint. Those concerned – including the current do nothing representative Dwight Sutherland – can attest to that and he can also show you. I say that since, i am told by some that he claims many of the projects Dr. Suchoo completed and or started until she was voted out.
    The people of St.George South have been sorry ever since they put Sutherland in that seat with the help of Owen Arthur. Now he wants a second term so he could draw a pension afterwards. Strupse. Many of the things you see happening now in that constituency are being done by Suchoo as they were in the works and approved when she was MP.So check you facts Roger Headley. I wish you would.


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