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Stubbs Launches Nine Mornings Activities


Stubbs_nine_morningsNine Mornings 100th Anniversary celebrations in Stubbs were heralded in with loud blasts of local bamboo cannons and the booming banging of bursting balloons, last Saturday, November 9.

The activity, organized by the Stubbs Nine Mornings Committee headed by Mrs. Rosita Snagg, began with a march involving persons carrying flambeaus and old lanterns, from the junction at Diamond to the area outside the grounds of the Stubbs Government School, where a formal ceremony was held.

Addresses were delivered by Area Representative, Hon. Frederick Stephenson; Mrs. Rosita Snagg, and Mr. Michael Peters, Chairperson of the National Nine Mornings Committee, each speaking to this year’s theme, ‘Celebrating 100 Years of a Unique Vincentian Tradition South East Style’, and reiterating the uniqueness of the festival as they charged those who had gathered to keep it alive and growing.

Other remarks came from Mrs. Merle Trotman and Mr. Cecil ‘Blazer’ Williams, both from Stubbs, in which they highlighted what Nine Mornings used to be like long ago.

Mrs. Trotman spoke of having no clocks and having to rely on the crowing of the ‘fowl cock’ to get everyone out of bed. She recalled an experience of her particular group seeing a light in the distance early one morning, and hiding for fear that it was a ‘jack-o-lantern’.

‘Blazer’ spoke of the two prominent steel bands at the time, moving in opposite directions with their merry followers, away from Stubbs and then journeying back to their original starting point, all the while providing melodious strains of music from their pans.

Other staged items included a group of elderly folk playing ring games, and performances by Carlton ‘CP’ Hall and 2013 Calypso Monarch Shernelle ‘Skarpyon’ Williams.

The Stubbs Community has been named Best Nine Mornings Community’ for the past two years, and observers at last Saturday’s launch agree that they are well poised to retain that title.


Source of article:
The Vincentian
By: Gloriah