50 years ago: A civil service departure and a call to enjoy the beach

In the Aug. 3, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

NEW Bodden-50-years-logo-final-595x420“The exodus from the Civil Service continues this week as Mrs. Kadie Ebanks of this district (Savannah) resigns from the post of X-ray technician at the hospital in George Town. Mrs. Ebanks, who once took a course in radiology, has given long and satisfactory service in the Medical Department. It is understood that Mrs. Ebanks will seek employment elsewhere.

“For many months past, the press as well as local gossip has carried stories of a similar nature. There are rumours of other pending resignations.

“One can rightly ask what action, if any, is being taken to prevent the egress of brilliant, efficient and experienced personnel from the service …

“If ever there was a crying need for a committee to go into anything, it is here and now. If it is to continue to enjoy the former prestige, the service must be made attractive so as to entice young men and women not only to enter the portals but to remain and serve.

“Miss Rita Hayworth Levy celebrated her seventeenth birthday with a party. After the blowing out of the candles and the singing of ‘Happy Birthday,’ the kids enjoyed the evening in true teenage fashion by dancing all the popular tunes that were whirring away on the little plastic discs.

“Mr. Delmar McLean arrived by Saturday flight. It is perhaps a coincidence that his son Larry also arrived at the same hour by ship.

“Messrs. Franklin Levy and Lorrain Minzit are home on vacation.

“Throughout the summer, our beautiful sun-drenched beaches at Bodden Town remain crowded with bathers, mostly children. The adults are missing one of nature’s greatest treats. How long since you have had a sea-bath? If this question were asked to some of the grown-ups, it would require a lot of soul-searching and only those with extraordinary memories could give the exact dates.

“Tourists are spending hundreds of dollars and travelling thousands of miles to take advantage of an exhilarating experience which is bypassed every day by most islanders …

“Who remembers 25 years ago when the little boys went sea bathing in the nude, and the little girls in their cotton dresses? … Only the sea today remains unchanged. Its restless tides continue to ebb and flow and to beckon all who will come down and enjoy what is offered. Will you come?”