50 years ago: Beach walking race proves lots of fun

In the April 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, News from North Side included:

“A unique and hilarious race was held at North Side on Easter Monday. This was announced as the First Annual Easter Monday Beach Walking Race from North Side to Rum Point Club.

“The fabulous entry fee was one loaf of bread.

“Entrants left Mr. Wesley Ebanks’ store at 11:30 a.m. and walked along the beach. Where coral barricades the beach they had to enter the water and get around, keeping the bread dry! Walking the road disqualified any entrant and the first to arrive at Rum Point Club Dock with bread in edible condition received a cash prize.

“The first prize of 3 pounds 10 shillings was won by Rolin Chisholm who arrived at 1:05 p.m., one ‘foot’ ahead of Roy Connolly who arrived at 1:05 1/2 to win the second prize of 2 pounds 10 shillings. Ruby Brown came in third at 1:08 p.m. and was awarded 2 pounds, whilst the fourth, Alex Ebanks, arrived at 1:09 and was handed 1 pound 1 shilling.

“This was great fun for competitors and spectators alike and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Parker are to be complimented on this unusual innovation.”

In the same issue, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

“Mrs. Rhena Cranston left on the 17th for a few months’ vacation in the USA with her son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cranston. Mrs. Cromwell Ebanks has returned from California where she spent an enjoyable vacation with her husband and son.

“Mr. Walter Brown has returned from the S.S. Corco owing to ill-health.

“The annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service of the United Church was held on Thursday 30th at 4:30 p.m. The service was conducted by the Rev. L. Williams, Minister of the Charge, and sermon was preached by the Rev. R. Coke of West Bay. There was a sale of provisions, cakes, ice cream, etc. after the service, and the amount raised was 37 pounds.

“On Tuesday 28th Rev. Raymond Schember concluded the series of meetings he had been conducting here in connection with the stewardship campaign. On Sunday the service of dedication of visitors was carried through by Rev. L. Williams.

“On Sunday 26th the re-dedication service of the Pilgrim Holiness Church was conducted by Rev. Ruth Bowman. The sermon was preached by Rev. John Croft. This church has been renovated recently and looks quite new at present.

“A public meeting was held by MLA Mr. Craddock Ebanks on Tuesday the 28th at the Town Hall. This meeting was held in connection with the proposed amendments to the Constitution. After a lengthy explanation on the minor changes proposed, the meeting was left open to the public to give their opinions.”

“It was strongly felt by those present, that while no one felt that full internal self-government could come about at the present time, that we could make a step or two forward as no one likes to remain stationary. The island is moving forward, and vast improvements are taking place, so quite naturally, our Government must advance too.

“Leaving on Sunday 20th for Cayman Brac was Miss Zelmalee Chisholm her little brother Olson, and sister Julia. Miss Chisholm is teaching in the Brac, and these children will attend school there too.

“Mr. Weddie Connolly went to Jamaica recently to visit his wife who is there receiving medical aid.

“Mr. George McCoy returned from Jamaica on Friday 31st.

“Mr. Lovene Miller also arrived by BWIA on Friday.

“In the district for a short visit are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Morgan who arrived on Saturday. They are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Chisholm. This is Dianne’s third visit to the island, but her husband is visiting for the first time. Dianne is a niece of Mr. Chisholm. On Tuesday they will go to Jamaica to visit the Tatums who are also relatives of Dianne’s.”

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