Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Linden Town Week off to impressive start
Linden Town Week was officially launched Sunday evening at the Mackenzie/ Georgetown bus park with a fair degree of pomp and fanfare.

The much anticipated event, which marks the 37th anniversary of Linden , as a town, drew a huge crowd, including many overseas-based Guyanese, special invitees and dignitaries.

Among those in attendance were Prime Minister Samuel Hinds; Leader of the People's National Congress Reform, Robert Corbin; Interim Management Committee Chairman Orin Gordon; Minister of Works and Hydraulics Robeson Benn; and Mayor of Georgetown, Hamilton Green.

PM Hinds, Mr. Corbin, Minister Benn, and Mayor Green, all extended greetings and good wishes to the residents of Linden .

Gillian Persaud-Hall, a Lindener, and former Manager of the now divested GNCB, declared that it was indeed a nostalgic and great moment for her to be addressing the gathering, because of her years of involvement with the original Linden Town Day, which has now grown into a Town Week'.

She reminisced on how hectic it used to be, trying to make the event successful, and pointed out that there was little time to analyse the success or lack of it.

She recalled that the idea of Town Day came about after Norville Fredericks, a Linden businessman, introduced the concept, which he had seen in St Lucia .

Those of us in the budding Chamber of Commerce thought it was a good idea to try. As a matter of fact we needed to raise some funds and had been toying with the idea of a barbeque, but somehow we agreed on the Town Day idea.

We started planning, but when we got on the road, we realised that this thing had taken on a magnitude we had not envisaged; we persevered with little or no money, but for the personal assistance from members of the Chamber, Hall said.

Linden businesses were slow to come forward with help, but that did not deter the planning committee.

Hall said the first Town Day was so big it blew their minds, causing them strengthen their efforts to make the dream a reality. I reminisce here because I want to say that it is good to dream, but we have to put it into plan, and work the plan.

The Linden Town Week was officially opened by IMC Chairman Orin Gordon.

Hundreds of balloons, which hitherto had decorated the stage, were released by Gordon, Persaud-Hall and Corbin.

This particular aspect of the evening's proceedings was hugely appreciated by the kids, who scrambled excitedly onto the stage, to collect as many as they possibly could.

The Linden Town Week continues to April 29.

On Wednesday evening, eight big and beautiful ladies will strut their stuff on stage, while on Saturday, 10 delegates will compete for the coveted title of Miss Linden, at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground.

All the delegates will be modeling exciting and exotic designs, created exclusively by some of Linden 's best designers, including Kaieteur News correspondent and fashion designer, Enid Joaquin.
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