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‘Patsy C. Lake deserving of Festival honour’ – Andrew A. Fahie

Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has hailed the selection of VI royalty Mrs Patsy C. Lake as this year’s Festival honouree for her contribution to the annual event over so many years and her involvement in several other important areas. Photo: Provided
Patsy C. Lake in the Festival Village named in her honour. Photo: Provided
Patsy C. Lake in the Festival Village named in her honour. Photo: Provided
Lake and a relative. Photo: Provided
Lake and a relative. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has hailed the selection of VI royalty Mrs Patsy C. Lake as this year’s Festival honouree for her contribution to the annual event over so many years and her involvement in several other important areas.

He made the comments while on the side-lines of the opening ceremony for Festival 2015 at the Patsy Lake Festiville in Road Town on Monday July 27, 2015.

“Tonight I celebrated with Mrs Patsy C. Lake as the 2015 Road Town Festival Village is named in her honour: Patsy Lake Festiville 2015. Mrs Lake has been a cornerstone in many respects in the celebration of Festival in the BVI for well over 30 years plus,” he said.

“She is also one of our national Icons as she was part of the Positive Action Movement which was led by the late but great Noel Lloyd. They put their lives on the line to fight to get Wickham's Cay back into the hands of the people of the Virgin Islands after the then Government of the day had practically given it away to foreigners,” he said.

“I commend all involved who had a hand in naming the 2015 village after Mrs Patsy Lake,” said Honourable Fahie.

More accolades for Lake

Earlier in the night, many accolades came Mrs Lake’s way from Chairperson of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee Kishma A. Baronville and also from Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn all of whom lauded Lake for her work over the years, not only in the field of fashion and culture but in the areas of business and real estate.

“Tonight I am pleased to extend congratulations to Mrs Patsy Lake. Mrs Lake has long been an active participant in Festival. She has been a mainstay in the parade for many decades and like everything else she does her troupes bring a flair of beautiful art to the parade. She continues to support the development of Festival as recent as 2014 when she served as a member of the 60th anniversary committee,” Honourable Walwyn said. He added if it were not for persons like Lake they would not be standing on “these very grounds.”

Mrs Lake, as many would know, was one of the driving forces behind the Positive Action Movement March of 1968, the group that was credited with saving large portions of Wickhams Cay and Anegada from getting into the hands of a white developer from the United Kingdom.

Alongside the Virgin Islands’ Martin Luther King- Noel Lloyd, Mrs Lake and others successfully opposed the British developer Kenneth Bates’ Wickhams Cay and Anegada development projects in 1968.

Mr Bates had planned exclusive luxury leisure projects which excluded Virgin Islanders, with the granting to him of a 199-year lease to reclaim land on Wickhams Cay and his desire to control three quarters of Anegada.

17 Responses to “‘Patsy C. Lake deserving of Festival honour’ – Andrew A. Fahie”

  • Tell Me Now (29/07/2015, 10:30) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    She is deserving but what about Miss Rita?!!!!! She has had a booth for many many years and I remember her winning the rice and peas competition several years in a row. If my memory serves me right everybody who had a booth AFTER her the village has been named after. This is nonsense and even unfair to that family because even Miss Rita's mother Nana the village was not named after. Give the lady her acknowledgement man.
    • mary j (29/07/2015, 11:45) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      She will get her turn jeeze some bread deman let the lady enjoy her glory
    • what (29/07/2015, 12:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      about upper level? lacker? miss rose? miss almean? miss pickering? pearla? ashley nibbs? and the list goes on and on.
  • Zion Hill (29/07/2015, 10:32) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Now fahie starting to make sence from using his time killing the VIP
    • @Zion Hill (29/07/2015, 21:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's the man family; if he choose to stand by his family why should you have a problem with that?
  • birds of a feather (29/07/2015, 10:48) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    She is his aunt so i don't expect him to say any thing different.
    • SMH (31/07/2015, 15:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      She is NOT his aunt... She is his Cousin... and regardless of how they are related... You stand by family..so just hush...
  • one eye (29/07/2015, 10:50) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply

    She spoil herself talking sh*t about dr smith to get ting name off he

  • wize up (29/07/2015, 13:27) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    come 2019 fahie need to make the switch; some of the VIP's loyalists done switch.....
  • AHEM (29/07/2015, 13:41) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Only a mother can love that one face.
  • Patsy and Fahie (29/07/2015, 13:51) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Patsy can help Fahie set up a new party
    • wize up (29/07/2015, 21:16) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ Patsy and fahie; that combination will not work because both of them will want to be Premier ( just saying )
  • shaw (29/07/2015, 13:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    changing names would slowly erase history that shouldn't be forgotten. History is important. It is not all about here and now. She got her accolades from the action movement but no one talks about lindy de Castro who went to JAIL for the cause... there are others as well. She takes advantage as a celebrity but gets special privileges from the NDP.
    • Bmm (30/07/2015, 11:36) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Plays the parties against each other and gets
      her own way. That's what she should be honored for.
  • Sigh (29/07/2015, 21:37) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    what else would he say about his Anty...NEXT!


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