50 years ago: Administrator John A. Cumber pays a well received informal visit

In the March 8, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote:

“Leaving Bodden Town this week was Mrs. Oliver, her children and mother. She is a frequent visitor here but our new visitor enjoyed the island very much and the children made new friends. At the end of their vacation they did not very much like leaving.

“There was an informal group at the Sea View Restaurant on Thursday afternoon to greet our MLAs and His Honour the Administrator. They came in to us looking relaxed after quite a tour of the other eastern districts.

“They were welcomed with a lovely tea. After everyone was seated, there was opportunity to talk and, of course, we saw the Administrator as an ordinary person and quite easy.

“One thing of special mention around our table was electricity. I was impressed with the way everyone was alert and interested in this subject. We do not need Bodden Town lighted adequately and satisfactorily simply for luxury, but a necessity. We hope in the near future that this will be a reality.

“After talking together for a while, Mr. Anton Bodden expressed words of welcome to all, after which His Honour expressed thanks for the hospitality, and to those who attended.

“On Thursday night the Youth Club met and enjoyed an evening of singing and good fellowship together. Leaders present felt that it was well worth their time and effort and the President, Bill Jackson, requested that the young people should come out to plan for future meetings.

“This week’s meeting may have to be cancelled because of the Convention in George Town but we do look forward to the following week.

“Mr. and Mrs. Don Armstrong Jr. were here visiting with the Armstrongs. They spent one week and enjoyed it very much. They returned home on Sunday.”

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