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Vieux Fort Wants An Encore

Acclaimed poet/director KendelHippolyte and musician Niger Nestor getting poetic.
Acclaimed poet/director KendelHippolyte and musician Niger Nestor getting poetic.

EVEN before they meet to review the Independence Day celebrations that took place in Vieux Fort over the past weekend, members of the committee responsible for the activities are already being bombarded with requests to lobby for next year’s activities to be held there.

“People are already asking us to host Independence Day celebrations again,” Vernon Valmont, chairman of the organizing committee said.

Activities marking Saint Lucia’s 36th year of Independence were divided between the north and south of the island with the town of Vieux Fort hosting most of the events, for the very first time.

However the novelty of the task did not hamper the organizing committee who credited the groups and organizations it worked with for a job well done.

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Local craft on display at Vieux Fort last Sunday.
Local craft on display at Vieux Fort last Sunday.

“We had a few glitches here and there but things worked themselves out. Everything fell into place, everything went smoothly,” Valmont said. “I must commend the stakeholders, including the police for a job well done.”

The committee is expected to meet sometime next week to review their work.

Valmont was delighted with the decision the committee took to embrace as many vendors as possible to spur the economic situation in Vieux Fort.

Dance troupe, Twisted, gave a superb performance at Phillip Marcellin Ground.
Dance troupe, Twisted, gave a superb performance at Phillip Marcellin Ground.

“Most of the vendors sold out their stuff. The impact the activities had on them was great,” Valmont said.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio...

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