50 years ago: Well-wishers gather for Thompson building opening

In the Nov. 23, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:

“A large number of well-wishers gathered outside the new Thompson Building, opposite the Post Office in the centre of George Town, at 9:15 a.m. on Friday last for the opening of this fine structure …

“The five Commonwealth Parliamentary Association members from Britain who spent four days in the island last week were all extremely happy to have had the opportunity of seeing the island and meeting with its people. Mr. Silverman, who has been in the House of Commons for 31 years, said that this was his first trip of this nature and he was enjoying it so much he hoped he may be selected again.

“This tour, which included 7 days in Jamaica before returning to the U.K. was not only a goodwill visit, but more in the nature of an educational exercise, according to Mr. Charles Morris who was very enthusiastic about the sense of community which exists in the island.

“The Grand Cayman Rotary Club gave a luncheon at the Beach Club on Sunday last in honour of the visit of Sr. Enrique Higuera, head of the Ibero Department of Rotary International, with headquarters at Evanston, Illinois. It was attended by 21 club members and four visiting Rotarians.

“Welcomed by their hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Payne, and to the music of the Infernaires, a large gathering of guests enjoyed the official opening of the Caribbean Club on West Bay Road on the 15th.

“Those invited were able to make a tour of inspection of the main Club Building and were delighted with the furniture and furnishings. The dining room was gay with its comfortable chairs upholstered in red leather, the reception room in green and gold was much admired, and the attractively appointed bar, shaped like part of a ship, met with many compliments and expressions of approval.”

In the same issue, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

“A warm welcome was extended to Rev. C.A. Thomas, General Secretary of the United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman who paid a three-day visit to the island from the 17th to the 20th. While he was in the island he held various meetings with the officers of the Church, the Cayman Council, addressed the Woman’s Rally held at West Bay and the youth rally in George Town on the 19th. On Sunday he held services at Savannah, North Side and Bodden Town in the morning where he baptized the infant daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Lewin Williams. He returned to Jamaica on the 20th.

“About six cubs were invested on the 14th on the grounds of the Secondary Modern School with Mrs. W.W. Hylton, Mrs. Theoline Wellington, Miss Joan Clarke and Miss Francis L. Bodden. It is gratifying to note that the George Town Cub Pack continues functioning with their faithful officers and we wish for them ‘Good Cubbing.’”

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