Friday 24 May, 2019

Independence Disappointment - No activities in Vieux Fort South

A decoration in Vieux-Fort South to celebrate Independence Day

A decoration in Vieux-Fort South to celebrate Independence Day

Disheartened, disappointed and ashamed.

These words aptly describe the sentiments of residents of the Vieux-Fort South, who have not gotten the feeling of independence in their community.

That’s because there are no activities in Vieux-Fort South to celebrate Saint Lucia’s 40th Independence Anniversary, today, Friday, February 22, which has forced residents to go to other communities to celebrate the momentous occasion.

The hive of sporting, social and cultural activities which was once a constant feature of independence anniversary in Vieux-Fort South is now a thing of the past. Such activities attracted a large number of people from various communities who were treated to a dazzling display of various activities.

The only thing which was done in Vieux-Fort South this year to celebrate the momentous occasion was the usual decoration of the town with flags and paintings of the national colours, which is done in every community around the island.

Activities to celebrate Independence Day have been low-key in Vieux-Fort South in recent times, but this year has been worse as in addition to not having activities in the town, there are fewer flags and paintings of the island’s national colours.

When Loop News visited the town of Vieux-Fort earlier today, it was like a ghost town. There was hardly anyone on the streets.

Winston Lubin, a former Youth and Sports Officer for Vieux-Fort South said: “It’s disappointing and disheartening that we do not have any activities in Vieux-Fort South to celebrate such an important occasion.”

He said it shows that there is a lack of national pride in the community, adding that in the past there were many activities which were truly a spectacle.

Another resident, who gave her name as Vernete, said under the former administration more emphasis was placed on Independence than the current administration.

“It’s bad for Vieux-Fort…Everything is getting worse,” she lamented.

According to the resident, the mere fact that Vieux-Fort has a mayor means that they should have done better and showed other communities that they can have more activities than them.

And what has further annoyed the residents, is the fact that a number of small villages in the southern part of the island are holding a number of cultural, social and sporting activities to celebrate the occasion. Some of those communities started holding such activities since last week.

Over the years, the Vieux-Fort South Constituency Council has been organizing activities for Independence Day in Vieux-Fort.

The main activities for Independence Day are held in Castries.

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