Lashley welcomes Mason choice All happy for GG
Stories by EZRA STUART
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