50 years ago: Controversy over Club Inferno

In the Nov. 9, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, news from West Bay included:

“Four hundred and twenty people gathered at Club Inferno for their Halloween Dance on the 1st. This is the largest gathering at the club since the Byron Lee shows and Graham Thompson and the Mashyiannes would like to thank all who supported them on this occasion.

“Door prizes – 1st, a free trip to Jamaica – was won by Jackbent Ebanks and 2nd, a case of Pabst beer, by Langley Wood. The prize for the best costume was selected from the 14 entrants and presented to Irma Ebanks who dressed as an Indian chief.”
In the same issue, letter writer Mrs. Ducan Ebanks shared her thoughts:

“I wish to congratulate Mr. Dudley Christian on his subject concerning trying to convert Club Inferno into a school for the needful children of West Bay. I sincerely hope that our government will look into this subject, as Mr. Christian said we might never have such an able and wide opportunity to do so much good at once, and act now.

“I am quite willing to do my part in sponsoring this request and I trust all good sensible and good thinking people will wake up to the fact and see the awful condition that our island is in due to this cursed place known as Club Inferno and other clubs and bars in the island that are on the same basis. Let us wake up and see the degrading condition of some of our young people who are becoming victims of this place.”

Also in the Nov. 9 edition, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“The Church of God was opened on Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. with the following programme: PS 100 v.4 by Elder Tidyman Ebanks and Opening of the Door. ‘Song To God by the Glory’ by congregation, Pastoral Welcome by Elder F.E. Arch. A floral tribute in memory of the late Pastor Charles Glidden by his grandchildren Darlene and Elizabeth, and also a tribute to the late Hopkin Ebanks. Prayer by Miss Redley Powery. Scripture reading by Elder Will T. Bodden. Quartette by George Town members. An address by His Honour the Administrator. Expression of appreciation of workers and donors. An offering plate was given by the George Town Sunday School. A Pulpit Scarf by Beverly Powery and Hilda Glidden. A bouquet by Mrs. Waldo Bodden. A song by the West Bay members. A solo by Mrs. F.E. Arch. Dedication message. The offering was taken while the congregation sang ‘O God Our Help.’ Dedicatory prayer by Elder F.E. Arch. A quartette by George Town members. The Church’s One Foundation by the congregation. Benediction by Elder Arch …

“Mr. and Mrs. Denvard Forbes became the happy parents of their fifth child and daughter on the 5th weighing 10 pounds.

“Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Ebanks became the happy parents of their seventh child and fourth daughter on the 6th weighing 7 1/2 pounds.”

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