New High Com­mis­sioner to UK Hits the Ground Run­ning!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By STAR Cor­re­spon­dent

Re­cently ap­pointed Saint Lu­cia High Com­mis­sioner to the UK, Mr. Guy May­ers, re­cently paid an in­tro­duc­tory visit to the homes of Birm­ing­ham-based Saint Lu­cians, at which time he wished them the best in 2017.

Birm­ing­ham lies some 120 miles north of Lon­don. That this was the first time in 45 years that a high com­mis­sioner had called on him was not lost on 65-year-old Er­rol Al­cide. At Al­cide’s side as he talked with Mr. May­ers was his mother, aged 91. Their smiles sug­gested the new high com­mis­sioner’s visit had healed all wounds. The high com­mis­sioner also vis­ited Mrs. Ann Marie Al­cide, an am­putee who is un­able to leave her house. She has lived in Birm­ing­ham for fifty years and is the aunt of for­mer health min­is­ter Alv­ina Reynolds. Her eyes lit up as she proudly spoke of her niece Linda Hamil­ton. “She is my sec­re­tary,” Mr. May­ers in­formed her, and Mrs. Al­cide was barely able to con­tain her de­light. Ours is cer­tainly a small world. Also on the re­ceiv­ing end of glad tid­ings was Mrs. Cle­mence Dou­glas, 95. She is the mother of eight and great grand­mother to twenty. Her only Saint Lu­cian-based daugh­ter, Linda, is the wife of lo­cal busi­ness­man Everiste Jn. Marie. Pho­to­graphs of Mrs Dou­glas’ grand­chil­dren, Ju­nior, Theo and Eva, con­tem­po­raries of May­ers’ own off­spring, adorned the walls of her liv­ing room. Soon to be 96 years old, Mrs. Dou­glas is the old­est Saint Lu­cian liv­ing in Birm­ing­ham. The high com­mis­sioner also called on the Pat­ter­son fam­ily. Hus­band and wife Petrus and Maria left their sick beds to wel­come the new man in town. They ex­pressed their joy on re­ceiv­ing gifts from him.

Fam­ily mat­ters soon dom­i­nated the con­ver­sa­tion, in­clud­ing a pass­port-re­lated prob­lem that Mr. May­ers as­sured them he would re­solve.

The de­bate over the role of Saint Lu­cian am­bas­sadors around the world has in­ten­si­fied in the last few years. In­deed, the mat­ter was put to High Com­mis­sioner May­ers when he ap­peared on TALK with Rick Wayne, shortly be­fore leav­ing home to take up his po­si­tion in the UK. The role in ex­e­cu­tion, per­for­mance, du­ties and func­tions of the post, not for­get­ting value for money, has sparked many pas­sion­ate dis­cus­sions. What is with­out doubt is that it can­not be busi­ness as usual. When you have served the mother­land as a sol­dier, and were en­gaged in the sec­ond world war, in Egypt; when you can look with pride at pic­tures of your­self in uni­form when you were just 33, how can you, now 95, not have a whole lot to share? Kelly Ma­son cer­tainly had much to tell the vis­it­ing high com­mis­sioner about his past ad­ven­tures. He had joined the Bri­tish Army from Saint Lu­cia, ris­ing to the rank of cor­po­ral.

“This is me in the army,” he said, point­ing to a framed but faded pho­to­graph of him­self in uni­form. The pride he felt after all these years was ob­vi­ous in his eyes. Then it was his wife’s turn to tell her story: born in Choiseul, first name Veron­ica, maiden name Wells, mother of three: two girls one boy, grand­daugh­ter an Ox­ford grad­u­ate. In the ex­change of bi­ogra­phies - as per the rules of en­gage­ment in these mat­ters - Mr. May­ers of­fered a glimpse of his own fam­ily.

Be­fore head­ing back to Lon­don the high com­mis­sioner found time to visit sev­eral other Saint Lu­cian homes, a ges­ture that was most ap­pre­ci­ated by all those with whom he met and talked. The con­sen­sus seemed to be that the new high com­mis­sioner to the UK has hit the ground run­ning.

Hope­fully, there will be more touch­ing of Saint Lu­cian flesh through­out Mr. May­ers’ ten­ure!

Re­cently ap­pointed High Com­mis­sioner to the UK Mr Guy May­ers pic­tured with Birm­ing­ham-based 91-year-old Saint Lu­cian Mrs. Ann Marie Al­cide.

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