50 years ago: Community unites for Rivers Scott wedding

cayman-brac-by-LilianIn the July 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch reported:

“The Sobeyville Baptist Church in Stake Bay was the very happy scene of the wedding of Miss Hyacinth Rivers, the loved and popular granddaughter of Capt. and Mrs. Kenneth Ritch of Stake Bay, to Mr. Dervyn Scott, equally loved and popular twin son of Capt. and Mrs. Clyde Scott of the West End. Both these young people have grown up here and have helped their parents in their businesses and the happy atmosphere of their wedding was because everyone shared in their joy.

“The sister of the groom was Maid of Honour and following in order were Mrs. Boyce Scott (Lorraine), Connie Watler, Patsy Ann Scott, Julie Rutty and Karon Ritch.

“Mervyn Scott was Best Man for his twin brother and was followed by groomsmen Boyce and Kirby Scott, brothers, Truman Bodden, Geoffrey Rutty and Rodney Rutty. Flower girls were Elizabeth Tibbetts and Shirley Hurlstone and the ring bearer was Jerry Kirkconnell.

“The bride was beautiful and graceful as she entered on the arm of her grandfather. She wore a full length gown of white nylon embossed with lilies of the valley and leaves over taffeta – her bouquet was of roses and lilies of the valley. A short veil was held by a silver crown.

“Friends and well-wishers of Miss Bernice Hydes, who has taught in the West End Primary School for the last year, honoured her on Monday the 11th with a bridal shower in the Church of God Full Gospel Hall basement. Hostess for the evening was Miss Melita Dixon.

“The West End Primary School held its closing exercises on Friday evening, 15th with prizegiving and a programme.

“Mr. R.M. Walters, headteacher at the school since June 1, extended the welcome and handed over the evening to Mrs. Sheila Ritch, vice president of the Parent Teacher Association who was Chairman.

“Highlights of the programme were an impressive and comical mime entitled “Follow Fashion,” a song “The Thing,” by 12 girls with Avalynda Ebanks as conductor and Miss Bernice Hydes as accompanist, Sharon Ryan’s selection on her electric organ, and two unusual items, namely: The boys’ skilful physical training performance of the pyramid, which held the audience spellbound; and Avalynda Ebanks, Susan Ebanks and Faith Tatum, who rendered selections by ear which they achieved on their own, teaching themselves on the school piano.

“The school report by Mr. Walters was interesting and highly appreciated, especially by the parents. The District Commissioner, Mr. D.H. Foster, as guest speaker spoke encouragingly, after which his wife graciously distributed the prizes.”