Lash­ley wel­comes Ma­son choice All happy for GG

Sto­ries by EZRA STU­ART

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page -

MEM­BER OF PAR­LIA­MENT for St Philip North, Michael Lash­ley, has wel­comed the ap­point­ment of Jus­tice of Ap­peal San­dra Ma­son as the next Gov­er­nor Gen­eral of Bar­ba­dos.

“It is the per­fect choice be­cause she has all the at­tributes. She has made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of Bar­ba­dos, par­tic­u­larly in the field of fam­ily law,” said Lash­ley, who is also Min­is­ter of Trans­port and Works.

“Not only is she a per­fect role model for young Bar­ba­di­ans, it is a great achieve­ment for some­one who came from a hum­ble back­ground and a strong work­ing class fam­ily in Bay­field – the Ma­sons,” he noted.

Lash­ley, who was also a cousin of Ma­son, said her ap­point­ment should in­spire many Bar­ba­di­ans to strive for great­ness.

“It will act as an in­spi­ra­tion for the young peo­ple in the Ma­son fam­ily, St Philip, and the women in Bar­ba­dos as a whole to as­pire to reach the top.” (EZS) CHILD­HOOD SCHOOL­MATES and neigh­bours of Gov­er­nor Gen­eral-des­ig­nate San­dra Ma­son yes­ter­day sang her praises as they re­joiced at the news of her ap­point­ment.

For­mer St Cather­ine’s cricket cap­tain Trevor “Tee” Clarke said he was de­lighted that the girl from next door, whom he played all kinds of games with as pre-teens, was be­ing el­e­vated to the coun­try’s high­est of­fice.

“I am so happy. I am the hap­pi­est man in the world to know that some­one that I grew up with is be­ing so highly recog­nised. We were next-door neigh­bours and no­body bet­ter could have been cho­sen. She de­serves it,” said Clarke, as he re­called some of their youth­ful days grow­ing up to­gether in East Point, St Philip.

“She would play all the games, but she left and went to Bay­field to stay with his aunt [for­mer head­teacher Gweneth Ma­son] af­ter she passed for Queen’s Col­lege. But when she was up in East Point, she was a nor­mal per­son with ev­ery­body.

“She was good at ev­ery­thing she did. Aca­dem­i­cally she ex­celled, she was way above us, but at the lo­cal level, she was with ev­ery­body. She is still my girl. We pitched mar­bles and would go to the sea to­gether. We grew up as though we be­longed to each other in one fam­ily, two houses side each other,” he added.

Clarke said some of the oth­ers from the Mar­ley Vale and East Point area who grew up with Ma­son and went to St Cather­ine’s Pri­mary School around the same time in­cluded for­mer Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Ru­dolph “Cappy” Greenidge, so­cial worker Ge­orge Grif­fith, Pas­tor Hugh­son In­niss, for­mer Banks left-arm spin­ner Charles “Tai­lor” Grif­fith, Vic­tor “Percy” Brath­waite and Lionel “Love” Blades.

“All the guys in East Point and Mar­ley Vale, San­dra grew up with. No­body can s any­thing bad about San­dra. Not a fel­low would al­ways come back to East Point an St Philip. She never for­get any­body. All l now, if San­dra pass me, she is go­ing to sh me. She would shout ev­ery­body she knew would at­tend all the fu­ner­als at St Cathe Church. She’s still the same San­dra,” Cla said.

In Bay­field, or “Ma­son Town” as the qu dis­trict is af­fec­tion­ately called, Glo­ria Fo and Michael “Cuckle” Clarke also re­mem her as one of the many “Ma­sons” from th area.

“She came up as a lit­tle child with my god­mother Clostene Bat­son. They lived to­gether but San­dra Ma­son wasn’t easy. She would tell you any­thing, an­swer you suit and don’t care,” Forde said.

“I know when San­dra came here in Ba as a lit­tle child. San­dra was ac­tu­ally like when she used to live down here. She wo go into the sea with her com­pany dur­ing va­ca­tion time and her aunt used to give h some blows when she come out be­cause s won’t hear some­times,” Clarke said.

She added that some of the oth­ers in B who rubbed shoul­ders with the Jus­tice o were Wal­ter “Scott” Brath­waite, Reynold Vere Hare­wood, Eu­gene Mapp, Pas­tor Ca Rueben Ma­son and Win­ston “Ali Co­zier”

“I used to catch fish and sea eggs for h days when they were plen­ti­ful. San­dra u steamed sea eggs,” Clarke said.

Long-stand­ing Bay­field res­i­dent and f Frank Ma­son, who still lives right next t

THE HOUSE where San­dra Ma­son lived in East Point in her early years with her sib­lings. BAY­FIELD NEIGH­BOURS Glo­ria

FRANK MA­SON, who lives next to the house where San­dra Ma­son grew up, was proud of her achieve­ments.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Barbados

© PressReader. All rights reserved.