50 years ago: Farewell to new friends, welcome to visitors

In the Jan. 26 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“On Wednesday 19th we said farewell to Miss Danya Britton who has been visiting with the Ed Hayes’ family for the last six months. Danya has become one of us and will be remembered for her charming performance as the Lady Olivia in the plot ‘The Steward Malvolio’ from Shakespeare’s play ‘Twelfth Night.’ Reluctant to go, Danya loves Cayman Brac. She wishes to become a nurse and is exploring avenues thereto and we wish her every success in her effort. Danya is a niece of Hilda, Mrs. Murphy Hayes, and Carolyn is the niece of Captain Murphy. The girls, having been adopted together by the Captain and his wife, are very close chums.

“We welcome ‘home’ Dr. and Mrs. Herrman, American friends who have a winter home by the Channel. We also welcome Mr. and Mrs. Bert Marson of the West End for their winter stay. They enjoyed a visit to Jamaica en route from their home in Tampa, Florida. Glad to see you back.

“Welcome back, Mrs. Henley Scott, Rhonda, Richard, Roger and Randall who were 6 weeks in Jamaica. Husband and father Captain Henley is shareholder/skipper of the M/V ‘Prindon’ which is fishing on the Cays for the Jamaica market. Norma and the children enjoyed sightseeing, especially a picnic trip to Dunn’s River Falls and driving along the tourist resorts on the North Coast.”