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‘Awesome success!’ Big turnout on DeCastro Street

 

Scene from Christmas on DeCastro Street yesterday.

The 19th staging of the two-day Christmas on DeCastro Street event, which came to an end just before 11 o’clock last night, has been described as an “awesome success” by City Manager Janice Braithwaite-Edwards.

“This year was resounding, and the turnout tonight (December 2) was awesome. And one of the things that we realized was once we invite the children to participate, then you get the support from the parents, the aunties, the uncles, the godparents… So the crowd tonight was very good,” she told BVI News.

“Based on all the things that have happened throughout the year, it made some people down, depressed, some people lost everything. We felt that in order to bring the Christmas spirit on, we needed to do something in the art of giving,” the City Manager added.

She said a total of 250 gift baskets containing rice and sugar were given to adults on Friday night. On Saturday night, they gave away goodies to children. Some 400 towels were alslo donated by a cruise ship.

The City Manager reported that there were “not any major hiccups” this year.

“We had fewer vendors and when you have fewer vendors, you have fewer challenges and we had a variety of new vendors coming on.”

BVI News also sought the views of two vendors – owner of Man Jack Creamery, Hezekiah Maddox, and businessman Alister Percival of ADP Electric and Lighting Supplies.

They both were pleased by the business that came their way during the event.

“We only came out one day and we did pretty well. We finished our snow cones and we did really good,” Hezekiah Maddox said.

Percival, who also only came out on day-two, said: “We were actually surprised by the business we had. It was a lot more than expected.”

Vendors had up until midnight to shut down properly, however, the event ended just before 11pm.

Calls for venue change

In the meantime, the venue for the event – DeCastro Street – is located in the central business hub of Road Town. But in order to host the event, traffic had to relocate to Waterfront Drive from Thursday night up to 7am this morning.

Many, therefore, felt that the venue of the event should be relocated to one of the many parking lots in Road Town or even to the Tortola Pier Park.

Braithwaite-Edwards said the event continues to be successful when staged on DeCastro Street, so her office has not considered calls from motorists to relocate it.

“Most people are going to say that they don’t want to be inconvenienced. But during this year when we lost so much, [so] inconvenience should be nothing.”

“And we need to be in the business district because when we are in a business district, we assist the businesses so they also make money. We haven’t considered any other location based on the fact that this has been very, very successful. And we can house up to 62 vendors at this location,” said Braithwaite-Edwards.

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  1. Myrna Fonseca Florida says:

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    I am extremely happy to hear of the success at Christmas on De Castro street , a job well done Janice , the people celebrated in peace and love for each other , May God Bless Tortola , the beautiful beaches and friendly people of the British Virgin Islands MERRY CHRISTMAS to all GOD BLESS
    MYrna Fonseca

  2. Reader says:

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    I had a Great time…seems like the crowd did also. Kudos to the HLSCC band..you did a great job and the crowd also seemed to enjoy your singing, beat, moves and variety of songs (including Christmas songs, even one or two songs for our Spanish friends)…

  3. So good says:

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    It lifted my kids spirits. They were beginning to get cabin fever because there were nothing for them to do.

    • Hayyy!! says:

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      Read to them or have them read a book themselves. Help clean the house and pack away their rooms. Too much to do in the house.

  4. For real says:

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  5. Kiddy says:

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    Some kids were there up to 9pm waiting for a gift but they had to leave without any

  6. True says:

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    Thats true they said distribution of gifts for kids will start at 7pm but but we leave very late and distribution did not start very unfair kids were asking for the gifts.

  7. BVI TO THE BONE says:

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    IT WAS GREAT!!! Kudos to Jan and Hon Delores. It was a good stress breaker for young and old.Thank You. The Moonlight was awesome. Yes God is Good in Earth and Sky.

    BVI let’s keep trying and moving forward one day at a time. Give God some Praise and Thanks for His Goodness to us and watch Him work things out for us.

  8. Well says:

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    When we don’t have 10 events on the same date the event will be a success.

  9. Bencah says:

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    Those kids from Althea Scatliffe really impressed me. Can’t wait to see more

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