Heritage lost in sale

Recently I read and therefore it is my understanding that the George Town Primary School is to be relocated.

I remember when the place was first opened as the Secondary Modern school. I was about 14 and some of my best and some of my worst childhood memories are of events on this location.

There I played baseball, netball, tennis, and cricket. I high jumped, long jumped and ran track. I fought pelt stones and got my head busted open by other boy’s stones. But life was good, it was vibrant, it was free and we were not prevented from living it.

Many times a week my mother came with a switch to beat my brother and me all the way home. Home was not far. Home was around the corner. Not around the corner but across the field.

Top star was the name of our favorite candy, but also the name of our restaurant and little shop that stood across the field. We supplied the popcorns, the patties, the cool drinks, the ice cream and more.

When I read that the George Town Primary School will be relocated and the land sold because of its high value I became sad. However I am even more concerned that there would be a suggestion to sell the property including that which is referred to as the annex, but which is in fact the T.E. McField Playing Field. What about the historical value of this place to the grass root people of George Town?

Teacher McField is dead, but memories don’t die like people do.

While I was Minister of Sports the UDP Cabinet approved naming what we commonly called the annex, the T. E. McField Playing Field. T. E. was our first coach. He taught Scouting, boxing, drumming, tennis, track, baseball, netball, football, cricket and what not. T.E. was the first Caymanian that dedicated himself to bringing sports and its many benefits to the grass root children of Cayman.

Like most Caymanian prophets T. E. McField did not in his lifetime or after receive his rightful reorganization by the Caymanian society. The national sporting center that should have been named after him was named after a politician that up until that time had seen very few benefits in sports.

During my time as Minister of Sports I attempted to have people see a connection between T. E and the annex. One reason I helped to bring football back to The T.E. McField Playing Field).

Why has the PPM sport minister not continued to name the annex the T. E. McField Playing Field. If he has thought of selling the field it’s because he does not know or cannot remember that this is a place where the grass root people of George Town as well as those from other districts love to meet, compete and share stories. Should we sell or contemplate selling this invaluable socio-sporting institution (The T. E. McField Playing Field) commonly known as the annex we will be denying our children a very important historical reference point and a place to discover and rediscover their heritage.

Frank McField

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