The Block 2000, Old Montrose, Lodge Village and Lower Kingstown Park Community Group, last Saturday, National Heroes Day, paid homage to three stalwarts for their sterling contributions to endeavours in the community.
Recognised were Errol ‘Errie’ Hazell, Ynolde Roberts and Lucita Millington.
Hazel, who was a live-wire of the Starlift Steel Orchestra for many years, has been hailed for his commitment to the steelband movement in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
An avid sportsman with a passion for Softball Cricket, Hazell is a long standing Justice of the Peace and takes this role seriously.
Roberts is dubbed the ‘Woman on the Bass’, given that that pan has been her preferred choice from the day she became a member of Starlift Steel Orchestra in 1981.
Since then, Roberts has played in every Panorama Competition, Bomb Competition, Midnight, as well as all Concerts staged by the band.
She was also the lone female in a Solo Competition held many years ago, and has toured with Starlift to Barbados, the USA, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, to the UK for the World Travel Market.
Roberts is considered to be the longest serving female pan player in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Roberts was a member of the steelband group that represented this country at the World Travel Market in London, England.
Millington, despite never having any children of her own, is considered to have mothered many.
A devout Seventh-day Adventist for the 52 years, Millington has availed her expertise as a seamstress to turn out many children and women in the community.
She also served her community as a coals and kerosene oil vendor.
At the age of 87, Millington is one of the oldest persons who reside in the Block 2000 Village.
All three honorees received plaques, compliments the Community Group.