Governor Choudhury takes West Bay tour

Governor Choudhury pays a visit to Ethel Ebanks, who was one day shy of her 100th birthday. Also pictured are Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Minister Tara Rivers.

Governor Anwar Choudhury, continuing his visits to the districts of the Cayman Islands, toured West Bay, meeting several of the district’s residents and seeing some of its tourism attractions.

On the tour, the governor announced there would be changes to the Christmas party at Government House starting this year, making the event more people oriented. He plans to invite each MLA to bring a set number of Caymanians from their district to attend, he said.

“Government House is the people’s house,” he said, during the April 20 tour.

West Bay elected representatives McKeeva Bush, Tara Rivers, Capt. Eugene Ebanks and Bernie Bush took the governor, accompanied by Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, on the tour, during which Mr. Choudhury chatted with residents of all ages who opened their homes to him.

He tried some of the local flavors, including swanky, fruit punch and tea, cassava cake, home baked bread and corned beef sandwiches. His hosts also gave him small gifts from their home kitchens and gardens.

He also learned about catboats and the history of turtling during the visit, as he met some of the district’s oldest residents, including centenarian Huldah Ebanks and 99-year-old Ethel Ebanks, who turned 100 the next day.

Following visits to the homes of several residents, Mr. Choudhury attended a reception with West Bay people at the Cayman Turtle Centre, where he and his wife received gifts, including a traditional thatch rope bag. They saw how thatch rope is made, and participated in a demonstration by Marlena Anglin.