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Hurricane Irma destroyed statues of our local heroes

- Most of the statues were destroyed from public spaces; The Roger A. Hodge statue is still standing!
The statues of Noel Lloyd (left) and Sir James Olva Georges OBE, MBE (right) in Road Town, Tortola were destroyed by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
The demounted statue of Ellis Thomas at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola. Photo: Team of Reporters
The demounted statue of Ellis Thomas at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola. Photo: Team of Reporters
Inset: Mr Julian Willock, who served as the Chairman of two of the Naming Committees, including that of Roger A. Hodge. That statue (in photo) is still standing. Photo: Team of Reporters/VINO
Inset: Mr Julian Willock, who served as the Chairman of two of the Naming Committees, including that of Roger A. Hodge. That statue (in photo) is still standing. Photo: Team of Reporters/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Category 5 Hurricane Irma that hit the Virgin Islands (VI) on September 6, 2017, which caused much destruction, homelessness, death and panic in the streets for food and gasoline, has not left anything untouched.

On Tortola alone it went after the monuments the VI built in remembrance of national heroes.

The hurricane demolished the statue of national hero Noel Lloyd, which was on display in the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park in Road Town on the main island of Tortola.

Mr Lloyd was at the forefront of the fight to return Wickham's Cay and Anegada to the people of the Territory.

Another one down in town

Also in Road Town, the statue of Sir James Olva Georges OBE, MBE was destroyed by the powerful force of Hurricane Irma. Mr Georges’ statue was located in the plaza named in his honour in the capital city.

Sir Georges was the first Virgin Islander to be knighted. He was a distinguished public servant, community leader and member of the legislative and Executive Councils of the VI. Sir Olva Georges acted as Commissioner or Administrator during the absence of Her Majesty's Representative in the Territory. He also worked in his family's business, J.E.W. Georges General Store and served in various capacities in the Road Town Methodist Church.

Thomas demounted

Moving on to Sea Cow’s Bay, the famous statue of the late Ellis Thomas, the father of horse racing in the VI, was also demounted.

The statue at the state-owned only horse racing facility, named Ellis Thomas Downs, was in honour of Mr Thomas, the person who almost single-handedly in the early days worked for the improvement and promotion of horse racing as a sport.

He was also a horse racing historian, race organisor, announcer, trainer and breeder.

One left standing- Hodge

One bright spot that stood the test of time to Hurricane Irma's powerful winds and fury was the monument to honour the youngest national hero Roger A. Hodge. The statue of Mr Hodge located in upper Nibbs Estate in Sea Cow’s Bay at the Roger Allen Hodge Park stood tall in the midst of all, when others fell.

Mr Hodge was honoured for his contribution to a variety of sports and for being a mentor to many young athletes on Tortola and for his participation in sporting events both locally and regionally.

Their works live on- Julian Willock

Mr Julian Willock, who served as the Chairman of two of the Naming Committees, that of Mr Thomas and Hodge, told our newsroom that “while the statues are destroyed the good works of the heroes, such as Ellis Thomas, Noel Lloyd and Mr Georges will live on and that is more important.”

Mr Willock also said "with the poor financial situation of the country and many other priorities, it could be a long long time before the statues are restored…”

11 Responses to “Hurricane Irma destroyed statues of our local heroes”

  • my 2cents (07/10/2017, 14:27) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    interesting piece VINO. I also noticed all of the churches got hit real hard. Maybe God was saying something to us!
    • @my 2 cents (09/10/2017, 06:31) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Simple Message...Dont with the Fantasy and the fake and turn to Selasie I.
  • @my 2 cents (07/10/2017, 17:26) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Agree. .All these places full of iniquities....God is purging and cleaning...Time to live clean..
  • hog city (07/10/2017, 17:34) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The esteem is the man he speaking good
  • ... (07/10/2017, 18:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    please check those busts at the house of assembly too
    • wize up (07/10/2017, 23:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      ... while we checking this and checking that; whatever happened to those 2 aeroplane and don't forget to check on that brandy wine beach; less some of forget !!!!! audited reports( ting to
      Talk and more)
      • @ wize up (09/10/2017, 06:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        I always say and I truly think that those polititians spending so much of tax payers money trying to make what they should know as impossible possible by trying to turn brandy Wine Bay beach into a prime tourist / Public beach should refund the Treasury out og their pocket.. it was a clear and obvious failure from the start.. Let them pay for their stubborness and ignorance..
  • wize up (07/10/2017, 19:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    what caught my immediate attention was the damaged churches:: Sunday after Sunday some Saturday after Saturday BUT what?????
  • Seer (08/10/2017, 03:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Saw tombs at Carroy Bay rooted out that’s needs to address quickly
  • Voice of a youth (09/10/2017, 21:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    But were the statues built as strong as the heroes? Or that's a dumb question lol


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