50 years ago: Girls’ Brigade visits Galleon Beach Hotel

West-bay-50-years-finalIn the Oct. 19, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“On the 14th the leaders of the Girls’ Brigade accompanied the girls on a cycling trip to Galleon Beach Hotel where they received a warm welcome from the manager, Mr. Ainsley. Some of the girls went sea bathing. They report an enjoyable time.

“Arriving on the 16th from the U.S. were Messrs. Alford Smith from New York where he visited his children, and James Ebanks, North West Point, from his job. Mrs. Cornelius Hydes returned after visiting for two months with relatives in the U.S.

“At the inauguration of the West Bay Civic and Cultural Organization, meetings were held on the second Monday of every month. The attendance began to decline, it was then decided the attendance might improve if it was held on a quarterly basis. Due to officers being on vacation during the summer it was five months that no meeting was held. Notices were sent to all the churches that a meeting was scheduled for the 10th, which is the usual procedure to remind the community.

“However, one person and two officers were the only ones who came. Since the people of this community take such a disinterested stand, is it any wonder that such actions as those which occurred at the West Bay Government School Buildings recently happen. Folks, please wake up for the betterment of our district.

“Mr. Joseph Smith returned on the 13th from his job in the U.S.

“Passengers departing for the U.S. on the 16th were Mrs. Alvin Ebanks accompanied by her daughter Darlene to visit relatives in Miami, Mrs. Julie Panton to visit her children, Mr. Denniston Powery to work on S.S. Bulk Oceanic, Mr. Carley Ebanks to his job in Pennsylvania, and Mr. and Mrs. John Bonsek and two children Brian and Brenda. They visited relatives here and have returned to their home in Miami.

“Mr. Alden Ebanks paid a short visit home and left on the 13th to return to his job with Jacksonville Ship Yard.

“The Swan Island plane came in on Saturday bringing Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bush as passengers. Leaving on Sunday were Messrs. John Jefferson, Norman Smith, Spurgeon Glidden and Randolf Moore.

“The Motor Vessel Day Dream left on the 12th for Spanish Honduras taking Mrs. Spencer Bennett, Mr. Alstead Glidden and Mrs. Sarah Smith as passengers for Swan Island.”

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