50 years ago: Party marks police chief handover

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the July 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included:

“At a simple brief but impressive ceremony held in the office of the Acting Administrator of the Cayman Islands, our new chief of police was officially sworn in on Friday morning last.

“With the Acting Administrator, Capt. G.H.S. Ellis and Mr. EU McNamee as witnesses, Mr. R.S. Le Mesurier Besant with the holy bible in his right hand, took the oath before Judge Horsfall ….

“Mr. Besant then took the oath as a Justice of the Peace and was congratulated by all present and good wishes were expressed for a successful two-year term in office.”

In the same issue, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

“Miss Joanna Clark, teacher at the George Town Primary School, left on the 16th for her summer vacation. Miss Clark is from Westmoreland, Jamaica and has been here for some time.

“On Thursday evening, a delightful time was spent at the Beach Club when a reception was given by His Honour, the Acting Administrator and Mrs. Watler, being a welcome to the new Chief of Police Mr. Robert Besant and his family, and a farewell to Capt. G.H.S. Ellis who has served this government for the past two years.

“The Administrator welcomed Mr. Besant and his family and thanked Capt. Ellis for his services here and bid him farewell. They both suitably replied.

“A small souvenir was presented to Capt. Ellis by Mr. C.V. Thompson, from the Cayman Islands Civil Service Association, being a cigarette case and cigarette lighter with the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms. The function closed with the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne.’

“Capt. Ellis left for the United Kingdom via Jamaica on the 16th.”