50 years ago: Excitement surrounds British military exercise

In the Dec. 7, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End news featured:

“No doubt many residents are looking forward to the arrival of the contingent of British troops from British Honduras who are due to arrive for a military exercise on Sunday the 11th at 10 a.m.

“The men will go straight from the aircraft to East End for their 24 hour military exercise, which will be conducted beyond the Tortuga Club near to the Great Bluff.

“On the 13th the troops will give a firing display at Old Man Bay from 4-6 p.m. They will be firing out to sea and the public are invited to witness this display which will be repeated at West Bay, about half a mile down the Blue Horizon Road by the fuel tanks at the same time on the 14th.

“After a little relaxation at their base camp on the West Bay beach the men of the Staffordshire Regiment will fly back to Belize at 8 a.m. on the 16th. It is hoped that some sporting events will be arranged whilst the men are here and that the public will enjoy the demonstrations.”

In the Dec. 21, 1966 edition, North Side news included:

“An appeal: On Saturday evening Dec. 10, the concrete home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ebanks, at North Side, caught fire accidentally and was completely destroyed by the flames in a short time.

“Fortunately the mother and the four children who were inside, a daughter of about 16 years, two sons about 13 and 15 years, and a 5 month old baby, all were able to get out unharmed, but everything they possessed, except the clothes they stood in, was consumed in the fire.

“Knowing the kindheartedness of Caymanians in general, and visitors as well, we feel like starting a fund for these unfortunate ones, especially as the husband is away at sea and they are in dire need.

“Any contributions that you may be able to make, of money, clothes, bedding, etc., will be greatly appreciated and we feel sure God will bless you for it. Gifts will be collected by the Cayman Gospel Press.

“Remember Jesus said, ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of these, ye have done it unto me.’”


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