Independence Interview With My Dad and Zanur Tours Buddy


Hello guys,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you are looking forward to a productive week ahead.  I just wanted to share some information with you that I thought you would enjoy viewing.

Every year on the 27th October, St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrates independence from Britain with a morning parade that involves all the military and police force, governmental organisations, Girl Guides and much more. There is a usual speech by the Prime Minister with a recap of the year’s activities and upcoming events for the island. Thousands of Vincentians turn out dressed in the national colours blue, yellow and green to show support and solidarity to the country. The parades are always very entertaining and was a must go event for my family when I was growing up, as my grandfather was an ex- police officer. My mom grew up attending; therefore she made sure we attended as well. We all enjoyed going out on this national holiday and it is usually raining slightly this time of year in the early morning especially, dressed up in our colours and socialising with our friends.

My dad a stellar figure in our community along with his drumming group the Resistance Heartbeat Drummers every year on our Independence usually carry out repairs and clean up to the community mineral spa locally known as the spa on the island.

This video is of my dad being interviewed by our local newspaper The Searchlight for their independence feature. You can have a look at our local community and our customs from this video, my dad is very passionate about this project as well.

 We've just concluded our Independence month and we are extremely proud of where we are thus far as a nation and a country. There is a lot more work that needs to be done but we want to ensure we remain true to our culture and our heritage. Don’t forget to share us with your family and friends and visit us on social media.

Victor Byron at Belair Spa

From time immemorial, residents of Belair and surrounding communities have been drinking the mineral-rich water that flows from the local spa. Dubbed 'spa water', it has a unique taste that attracts persons from all over St. Vincent and the Grenadines to sip from its seemingly unending supply. It is still unclear where the water comes from, however, many residents believe that its source is beneath our La Soufrière volcano. SEARCHLIGHT caught up with Belair resident Victor Byron, whose group - the Resistance Heartbeat Drummers - has taken up the responsibility of keeping the spa and its surroundings clean.

Posted by Searchlight newspaper on Tuesday, 11 October 2016