50 years ago: New offices for the Caymanian Weekly

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the Aug. 3, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included:

“Our new premises were officially opened on Thursday last with a brief ceremony outside the building.

“Rev. George Hicks opened the proceedings with prayer and His Honour the Acting Administrator, Mr. D.V. Watler, congratulated the company on its success so far and on the new offices which were now available for its use. He extended good wishes on behalf of the government for the future success of the undertaking.

“Mr. Clifton Hunter, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Cayman Publishing Co. Ltd. welcomed all present and thanked them for their attendance.

“He outlined the origins of the company and the various aspects of its operation, gave details of the staff, and thanked Mr. F.E. Arch who had rented a building to the company for the first nine months of its operation.

“Expressing regret that Dr. R.E. McTaggart, managing director, was unable to be present due to his absence from the island, Mr. Hunter thanked Dr. Roy very much indeed for making it possible for the company to have use of such fine premises. He also thanked Mr. Elroy Arch and his son, Junior, the Contractors responsible for erection, for being so willing to see that everything was arranged according to our specifications.

“Mrs. N.R. Miller spoke on behalf of the staff, welcoming all and thanking them for their support since we commenced operations in October 1965 …

“Mrs. Miller then called upon Miss Frances Bodden, M.B.E. to cut the ribbon and declare the building open.”

In the same issue, Ms. Bodden, the George Town correspondent wrote:

“Mr. and Mrs. James Bodden, of Crewe Rd. and their 2 little daughters have returned from their enjoyable holiday in Miami.

“Mrs. Lillie McTaggart and her daughter, Mrs. Derek Wight, left for Jamaica on the 24th of July. Mrs. Wight (Marguerite) returned on the 31st and says her mother’s leg is coming on nicely. It is hoped they both will have benefitted from their trip.

“Mr. Ulric Coe and Garvon Ebanks have returned to join their ships. They left on the 30th.

“Mr. R. Cranston has arrived from sea to visit his wife Ernestine and little son and relatives.

“The Church of God Chapel Vacation Bible School was in progress from July 18 to 29th from 3 to 5 p.m. each afternoon.

“There was a daily average attendance of 150 boys and girls plus 20 teachers and helpers.”