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H.L. Stoutt honoured on 26th anniversary year of his passing

Government members, educators and members of the public today honoured the late Hamilton Lavity Stoutt at a Wreath-laying & Commemorative Celebration.

This year marks the 26th anniversary year of his passing.

Stoutt was the first and longest-serving Chief Minister of the BVI and is largely credited for the development of the BVI’s education system.

He was the founder of the British Virgin Islands Community College, later renamed the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in his honour.

Speaking at the commemoration ceremony, Premier Andrew Fahie hailed Stoutt as a visionary and reminded residents that the late leader faced opposition from local and international critics when he dreamed of building the community college.

Premier Fahie said today’s elected representatives are faced with similar opposition as they aim to advance the BVI.

“Some got groups together in an attempt to stage a protest to lie down in front of the bulldozer to prevent it from levelling the grounds at Paraquita Bay (HLSCC campus), let us not forget,” Premier Fahie expressed.

He continued: “All these unjustified and irresponsible statements echoed from the bench of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition at the time, with the exception of Honourable Omar Hodge. Most people joined in opposing just for opposing sake. My, my, my, the more things change, the more they remain the same.”

The Premier also urged BVIslanders to emulate the passion of Stoutt as they pursue individual and national ambitions.

“Never abort your purpose! Generations unborn are waiting on you to fulfil your purpose!” Premier Fahie said.

At the time of his death, Stoutt was thought to be the longest-serving parliamentarian in the Caribbean. He was also a founder of and the leader of the United Party and the Virgin Islands Party.

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  1. Musa says:

    Very good leader may he enjoy the havenly abode of the supreme lord.

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  2. Great Leader says:

    He was a great leader, who left an amazing legacy. It’s so sad with all the hard work he has done, their brightest ideas is to flap tourism and plant marijuana.

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  3. 1st district says:

    The next set of visionary politicians should be the caucasian born BVILANDERS!

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    • Tru says:

      The vaccine will take care of that. It turns a man white

    • The Truth says:

      In your wildest dreams…

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    • @1st district says:


      Can Black people have something for themselves without white people trying to take it over if its good.

      Have you ever seen seen white shared anything good with Black people? Name one thing.

      Why do think they are blogging daily for “UK to come in and take over BVI?

      If you are Black person that wrote that, wake the hell up!

      If you are white person, SHTFU, keep what you have, be contented with it and leave us TF alone, even though such is not in your dna.

  4. Nonsense says:

    These politicians should be ASHAMED of themselves parading down in West End every year with the same sham stories. NONE OF THEM, NOT ONE OF THEM can come anywhere near H.L. Stoutt and the way he was able to build this Territory. If he had lived 10 years longer oh what a BVI we would’ve had right now, but look around, we spend $300 mil per year and the place looks like shit.

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