50 years ago: Administrator officially opens new school

In the Dec. 7, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:

“The large auditorium of the new Secondary Grammar School on Walkers Road was filled to capacity on the 29th for the official opening by His Honour the Administrator.

“The principal, Rev. J.R. Gray … commented on the change in the general attitude to secondary schooling which had taken place over the past 18 years. Mr. Gray felt that we still have a bit to go in our sec. school project but this new school building has been a great fillip to it and we must see that it is properly finished and continue working until we have a fully integrated secondary school project with junior and senior secondary technical and commercial receiving their due emphasis and, by their efficiency and attractiveness, commending themselves to parents, and satisfying the several abilities of the children.”

In the Dec. 14 edition, George Town news included:

“Congratulations to our new Light Co. for a rate reduction which means that the average householder whose bill is about 5 pounds per month will get a reduction of 7 shillings 6 pence. There is a new step in the rate which will benefit larger consumers, the 20% surcharge is reduced to 8% and the meter rental is removed …

“Our very first news report to come by telephone was received on Saturday about 7:30 p.m. from Mr. Craddock Ebanks.

“At that time the home of Mr. Harold Ebanks, about 150 feet from the telephone kiosk, was burning furiously and was subsequently completely gutted. The cause of the fire is believed to be an explosion from a bottle of white gas used for ironing purposes which was ignited from the stove. Mrs. Ebanks and her four children were in the house and suffered from shock …

“In his address to the MLAs’ introducing the 1967 Budget of the Cayman Islands Tourist Board, Mr. Eric Bergstrom gave some interesting information and comparative figures.

“In 1966 the average tourist in the Cayman Islands spent $75 other than for his room, board and tips which averaged $187 i.e. $262 per tourist. By multiplying the average expenditure by the number of tourists, in 1966 it is estimated that tourists will spend $1,414,800 here.”

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