50 Years ago: Cuban refugees, teen dance in the news

In the Feb. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Miss Frances wrote:

“It is reported that 3 boat loads of refugees from Cuba landed on Cayman Brac over the weekend. There were 28 persons in all and C.B.A. flew a shuttle service between the Brac and Grand Cayman on Monday and Tuesday in order to transport them here.

“Miss B.C. Schofield, nursing adviser to the Ministry of Overseas Development, London spent the week-end in Grand Cayman. Miss Schofield is visiting countries in the Caribbean area in order to see what is going on in the nursing world so she can advise the ministry in London.

“The ministry gives a good deal of technical assistance in the form of scholarships for training courses and other forms of technical aid.

“It is hoped that Miss Schofield’s visit will be a most profitable one, and much good will be derived from it. Miss Schofield was the guest of Dr. and Mrs. T. Husband.

“On Friday last, Feb. 11, the first teenage dance party was held at George Town Town Hall. There was a crowd of over 50 boys and girls who, after the first usual shyness in starting to dance, got things going, and the dance was a great success.

“Boys and girls contributed their own records. Captain Eldon Kirkconnell very generously lent a magnificent piece of stereo equipment, and particular thanks from the committee goes out to him, as also to the VSO teachers, adults, and teenagers themselves who supported the occasion either by their presence and supervision, or by cleaning up the Town Hall on the morning prior to the dance.”