A publisher, a veteran surveyor and an outstanding fast bowler are this island’s three newest knights.

The announcement was made in this year’s Independence Day Honours list.

From left, Anthony Bryan, Charles Griffith and Warwick Franklin have been named Knights of St Andrew.

Publisher of the Barbados Advocate newspaper Anthony Bryan is to be accorded the title Knight of St Andrew “for his outstanding contribution to publishing, broadcasting and business, including International Business in the area of publishing and broadcasting, presenting a positive, balanced credible view of Barbados”.

Veteran surveyor Warwick Franklin is also to be accorded the title Knight of St Andrew “for his contribution to the land surveying profession and to the land and property valuation profession”, while cricket legend Charles Griffith is being knighted “for his contribution in the area of sport, with special reference to cricket, entrepreneurship, leadership and business development”.

Three distinguished Barbadians have also been awarded the Companion of Honour for distinguished national achievement and merit.

They are retired public servant Avril Gollop, former diplomat Orlando Marville and optometrist Harold Melville.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley is being honoured for his leadership of this year’s CARIFESTA.

The Gold Crown of Merit is also to be conferred on former permanent secretary in the Prime Minister’s office Sonja Welch; veteran labour leader Joseph Goddard; music teacher Joy Knight-Lynch and Government minister Stephen Lashley “for his contribution to Culture, Sports and Youth and the planning and execution of CARIFESTA 2017”.

The Silver Crown of Merit is also being given to four distinguished Barbadians. They are John Edward Hutson, for his contribution to medicine and service to the Barbadian community in Edmonton and Alberta, Canada; entertainer John Roett, for his contribution to music and culture; independent Senator John Watson, for his contribution to the development of small business and service to the community and Dr. Victor Stanley Blanchette, who is the medical director at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, for his contribution to the paediatric medicine and Global Child Health.

Christopher Holder is also being honoured for his philanthropic contribution and charitable services to the people of Barbados and Regine Sixt for her outstanding and dedicated service as Barbados’ Honorary Consul General in Germany.

Five people are also down to receive the Barbados Service Star. They are Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth Ruth Blackman, for her contribution to the ministry and CARIFESTA 2017; Gabrielle Springer, for her contribution to the public service and Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations; Leroy Gibbs, for his contribution to mental health nursing and service to the community; Alston Williams, for his contribution to community service, particularly in the area of sports and Veronica Griffith, for her contribution to the labour movement.

The Barbados Service Medal is also to be given to Cheryl Forde for her contribution to special education; Cobin Hinds, for his contribution to teaching and the Barbados and Caribbean Teachers’ Unions; James Gittens, for his contribution to the church and community life; Ryvan Humphrey, for his contribution to community service and the construction industry and Grace Wilma Clement, for her contribution to the labour movement and community service.

This year, the Barbados Bravery Medal is being conferred on 15 young men who assisted with extinguishing a fire at Jessamine Avenue, Bayville, St Michael on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and to Dré Shakur Browne, for saving the life of a visitor to Barbados, who required resuscitation following a near drowning experience.

47 Responses to INDEPENDENCE HONOURS ANNOUNCED – Three Barbadians knighted

  1. Marilyn Curreny
    Marilyn Curreny November 30, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Congrats to all

  2. Lasonta Anderson
    Lasonta Anderson November 30, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Congrats to all

  3. Rosemary P. Leon
    Rosemary P. Leon November 30, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Congratulations gentlemen

  4. BIGSKY November 30, 2017 at 1:56 am

    I thought it would have been four.THEY LEFT OUT SIR POTHOLE ROAD.

    • raa November 30, 2017 at 9:24 am

      If you cant say something nice, say nothing.

  5. Oliver Smith November 30, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Long overdue Charlie Griffith and well deserved. Happy Independence!

  6. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler November 30, 2017 at 2:36 am

    You guys need to start honoring more women.

  7. Norman Mcdonald
    Norman Mcdonald November 30, 2017 at 2:39 am


  8. Cheryl Catlyn-Rodriguez
    Cheryl Catlyn-Rodriguez November 30, 2017 at 3:24 am


  9. fedup November 30, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Congrats to all!
    Frank Fowler “they” just don’t jump up and honour. Its a process. There is a form that persons can complete for nomination. So next year and you want a certain person..get the form
    …fill it out and hope for the best. lol

  10. Saga Boy November 30, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Congrats to Sir Charlie et al.

  11. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite November 30, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Well done gentlemen …!
    no ladies on the ” honours ” list ?

  12. Johnathan November 30, 2017 at 5:02 am

    When theey could Knight Anthony Bryan they could have knighted Gear Box post humously..
    To make it even worse Stephen Lashley for a failed Carifesta. Crappy government crappy awards…

    • harry turnover November 30, 2017 at 8:04 am

      …or NINJA MAN for his contribution to vagrancy .

  13. Valerie Small
    Valerie Small November 30, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Congrats to all honourees!!

  14. archy perch November 30, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Every thing is negative in Barbados. Strupse.
    And BIGSKY, there are potholes all over and even in the developed world Sir, and they have the money to fix them, we have to try getting the money to fix ours. Reasonable people would understand the rains caused much of the potholes. Anyone who can’t see that, suffer from potholes between the two ears.

  15. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf November 30, 2017 at 6:00 am

    ‘balanced credible view of Barbados’ all I can say is WOW…… No man…. Wtf..ffs

  16. Alex Alleyne November 30, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Long over due for CHARLIE.

  17. Rhonda Parris
    Rhonda Parris November 30, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Congrats to one and all

  18. terry miller November 30, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Congrats to all I haven’t seen names like Trevor Marshall for his contribution to the history of Barbados .Mr Morris Lee for is part the development of public transport. Mr David Denny in community development Mr Roy Raphael community tourism.Mr mark hayne youth development. Mr victor Leroy Morris for development of the senior and elderly care.and the list goes on.I wish all Barbadians happy in dependence day .

  19. Marcia Graham November 30, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Congratulations to all who have given selfless service to our country Barbados.

  20. Tony Webster November 30, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Most of those honoured, are richly deserving of their accolades. Mixed-in, however, are some crass political handshakes…as they make their exit…stage left.

  21. Dr. Black Diamond November 30, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Congrats to you all , but if you could award Stephen Lashley for a failed Carifesta, you could had Knighted Mr Richard Stoute , he deserve to be called Sir Richard for his outstanding and unselfish contribution to the music industry..Study it

  22. Jeff Broomes November 30, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Where is the name of Dame Sybil Peacock?

  23. Jeff Broomes November 30, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Where is the name of Dame Sybil Leacock

  24. harry turnover November 30, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Carson C Cadogan,I don’t see your name here.The people forget you or wha ? is that the reason why you are so conspicuously absent from the comments section ?
    Your name should have been one of the first forwarded for your sterling contributions to the art of yard fowlism over the years.
    Maybe if you had jump on the paling and behave like a paling cock you might have been noticed cause na body en gine noice you down in de yard.

  25. Sheron Inniss November 30, 2017 at 8:31 am

    What republic yuh all talking ’bout? Wunnuh like it this way. Honours from the queen. Stupse.

  26. Nathaniel Samuels November 30, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Congratulations to all. Is Emile Straker a Knight as yet? His contribution is one that has led to the booming tourism industry especially as it relates to the Canadian market.

  27. Alex Alleyne November 30, 2017 at 9:14 am

    @Terry Miller, the day(s) ain’t over yet for these “gifts’.

  28. Francis November 30, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Anthony Bryan????

  29. gsmiley November 30, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Sheron not the queens honours.

  30. Sheron Inniss November 30, 2017 at 9:43 am

    @ gsmiley. Check the origins.

  31. Andre Gittens November 30, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Congrats Charlie Griffith – the destroyer of batsmen!

    Andre Gittens

  32. Ossie Moore November 30, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Congrats Sir Charlie ! ! ! What took them so long , this should have been done years ago.

    I will never forget . . . 8 wickets for 23 runs West Indies vs Gloucestershire County in England 1963.

  33. Donild Trimp November 30, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Jennifer, you were nominated, what happened?

    Three of my buddies are in the mix. John, Charlie and Alston.

    Congratulations for the recognition given to you guys.

    Next year I want to see the names Roy Callender, Emile Straker and Henderson Greenidge in the mix.

    Jennifer will be there for sure.

    Happy independence to all.

    • Jennifer November 30, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      @Donild – do you think they give such things to freedom fighters or only to stooges and boot lickers – Up holders of oppression??????

  34. Judy Thomas
    Judy Thomas November 30, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Congratulations to all especially my good friend and neighbour Charles and also Warwick

  35. luther thorne November 30, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I question Any person who addicted and seeks this kind of adulation
    Errol Barrow always said that he did not want such.
    Now there is a man: Errol Walton

  36. Cora King
    Cora King November 30, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Congratulations to all!

  37. milli watt November 30, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    nelson still in town………sir in front wunnah names……credit cards max out, debt at 160% a GDP and selling the family silver like parrows oh yes and Warwick Franklin is a knight

    • Jennifer November 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      We got the best slaves money don’t have to buy. Have a glass of Prosecco on me – cheers.

  38. Belfast November 30, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Running with the fox and hunting with the hounds. We want to pull down Nelson and everything British, but want to retain the title of Knighthood that was previously bestowed to many a slave owner. It was only in 1889,55 years after emancipation that a black man was considered worthy of a knighthood.

    • Jennifer November 30, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      @Belfast well said – I tell you this people head is not right. This is why no one in their right senses take these morons seriously. There is no difference between them and a coke addict.

  39. Caswell Franklyn November 30, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I am surprised that they left out Ninja Man. It seems that they got everyone else. Then again, he may not be a DEM.

  40. Donild Trimp November 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    What is going on?

    You were a bright light not too long ago and now you cannot see the irony in all this fussiness?

    A friend of mine along with other folks, paid a good wad to attend an imaginary art show in New York and came away feeling soothed by the experience.

    The paying aficionados on entering the empty room, stared at a blank wall and imagined a masterpiece on display.

    Anything is possible Jennifer. Agree?

    • Jennifer November 30, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      lol, brilliance. share brilliance.

  41. F.A.Rudder November 30, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    It is indeed a great pleasure in congratulating all awardees for their most outstanding services and humanities to their fellow countrymen. We the nation of Barbados love you all !!


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