|Re: Peter Barratt's recent suggestion of August 5 as Freeport/Groves public holiday ... excellent idea.|
|Friday, 03 August 2012 06:56|
Re: Peter Barratt's recent suggestion of August 5 as Freeport/Groves public holiday ... excellent idea.
I was in Freeport last week and was surprised to see Groves' original house still standing, though in poor shape, on the coast, adjacent to Pier 1, down by the harbour. There used to be two houses there ... they were the ones in which Groves and Keith Gonsalves lived when they arrived to begin the dream, sometime around 1954/58.
I first came to Freeport with Barclays Bank DCO in February 1959. Then, Gonsalves lived on Hawaii Avenue and I believe Groves had already moved in to his beach property. Haywards's house was just being started and I remember talking to Bert Sinden and Johnny Byrne while they were excavating the foundations..
Back to Groves' house .... my son, who has just started a chiropractor practice in Freeport, suggested that perhaps the house could be preserved ... it must have been there for almost 60 years now!! Peter, do you have any 'juice' with the Port people. It would not take much effort and I bet the Port still owns the land.
Best wishes from Tim Hendley.
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