50 years ago: A historic trip to Trinidad

In the May 25, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

Cayman-brac--50-years-final“On Sunday, May 15, Mr. K.P. Tibbetts, MLA for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, returned after a fortnight’s absence during which he attended the 1966 C.P.A. Registered Conference in Trinidad and Tobago.

“Mr. Tibbetts’ special thought on the trip is how far Trinidad and Tobago went in extending their hospitality. The Governor General, Sir Solomon Hoy Choy and Lady Hoy Choy and the people left nothing undone to make the visit of the delegations a happy and successful one.

“He had a special word of appreciation for them and also for the Hon. Donald Sangster, Deputy Prime Minister and the Government of Jamaica for their hospitality …

“The synopsis of the whole meeting was the possibility of a Caribbean economic union … This was Mr. Tibbetts’ first experience abroad on a government delegation and the first occasion on which Cayman Brac formed part of such a delegation.

“Cable & Wireless (W.I.) Ltd. in progress with their scheme for the islands are detailing Mr. Temple Tatum, Wireless Operator at Stake Bay, to a course of training in the cable offices in Jamaica. Sunday 15th Mr. Arthur Chung arrived as a temporary replacement.

“Temple Tatum has been operator for a year. An old boy of the Spot Bay Primary School, his headmaster, Teacher Oliver Hill, gave him his first lessons in Morse code to build up his interest in telegraphy after he left school. Subsequently he attended the Liberty High School for one year. When he was called on to relieve Mr. Tibbetts in 1964, he studied with him for six months.

“When Cable & Wireless came to the islands last year he applied for training and we congratulate him on gaining this opportunity. He is an active member in Church of God Full Gospel Hall, particularly in work among the young people.

“A new company of the Girls’ Brigade has been organised in Cayman Brac under the leadership of Mrs. Orlene Brown.

“Meetings are held at the Spot Bay Primary School on the last Monday in each month. At the moment 30 girls are attending, divided into four age groups, each with its own leader.”