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Finally! Roy L. O’Neal honoured @ VG Easter Fest

- 2019 honour comes after 1 year delay; Participated in all 52 parades
2019 honouree Mr Roy L. O’Neal flanked by Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) (Left) and New Chairman of the BVI Festival and Fairs Committee (BVIF&FC), Mr Carnel D. Clyne. (Right). Photo: VINO
Crowds rocked out to musical performances from several local and international artiste and bands. Photo: VINO
Crowds rocked out to musical performances from several local and international artiste and bands. Photo: VINO
Jamaican singer Dexta Daps kept the crowds alive. Photo: VINO
Jamaican singer Dexta Daps kept the crowds alive. Photo: VINO
Singer Paido with local Ministers on stage. Photo: VINO
Singer Paido with local Ministers on stage. Photo: VINO
Singer Monae, had the crowd on their feet. Photo: VINO
Singer Monae, had the crowd on their feet. Photo: VINO
Tino and the Hardcore Band. Photo: VINO
Tino and the Hardcore Band. Photo: VINO
SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI – After a year of delay, long-time participant of the Virgin Gorda (VG) Easter Festival, Mr Roy L. O’Neal—named 2018 then 2019 honouree—received his honour when the festival continued last evening Saturday, April 20, 2019, on the sister island.

In receiving his honour, Mr O’Neal said he participated in all 52 parades while imploring revellers to, “Come out and enjoy yourselves… behave yourselves and no violence please.”

The Queen Mary

“Over the years I think I have participated in every single parade with my bike which I decorated every year. My bike for the last 10 years I named 'The Queen Mary' after one of the world’s best cruise ships,” he told those at the gathering.

“Like I say, I have seen the stars before many of you... I was there when [the] festival was at St Mary’s Ground, Fire Field, the Market Square, by Admin Complex and by the Marina and now here at the recreational ground.”

With glee, O’Neal said he wished his mother, the late Elaine O’Neal aka Nenee Elaine was present to witness and share the honour.

Those present were reminded that he was selected for the honouring last year, 2018, however, because of major scaling down of the planned activities, the honour was brought forward to 2019.

Bittersweet

“In 2018 when I was first approached to have the village name after me, the privilege was bittersweet because I would later learn that there would be no village or honouree because our Easter Festival was scaled back last.”

He said, “When Ms Lyra George approached me again this year, I happily accepted. I said to myself, what God don’t want the angels can’t have. I had to wait an extra year but I did not fret because it was my time,” a happy O’Neal further said.

The first of two nights of the festival saw several local and international acts blazing the stage. These include Calypsonian King Paido, Tino and the Hardcore Band along with Monae, Dexta Daps and the OMG Band who all kept the crowds alive.

5 Responses to “Finally! Roy L. O’Neal honoured @ VG Easter Fest”

  • TurtleDove (21/04/2019, 12:05) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    the NDP spell has been lifted look people enjoying themself and not one incident. God is good
  • Realistic (21/04/2019, 15:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yeah Roy ! I am pretty much sure you have a lot of awards to get in the near future. We all know you are a cool guy and a dedicated worker. Continue doing what makes you happy. Cheers Happy Easter
  • Hmmm (21/04/2019, 15:48) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give him a house and some money!!!
  • Culture? (21/04/2019, 21:29) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Half naked, drawers exposed VG cultural performance!
  • NezRez (24/04/2019, 15:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why does it take so long to honor someone? Always waiting until the person is almost dead or really dead. Glad he is alive to see it for himself, congratulations Mr. O’Neal.


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