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VG Wet Fete named in honour of Neil A. Blyden aka ‘Mr Melee’

This year’s Wet Fete has been named in honour of the late Neil A. Blyden aka ‘Mr Melee’. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee's Wet Fete is slated for April 16, 2017 at St Thomas Bay Jetty, Virgin Gorda. Photo: Internet Source/File
The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee's Wet Fete is slated for April 16, 2017 at St Thomas Bay Jetty, Virgin Gorda. Photo: Internet Source/File
The weekend schedule for the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee's Golden Jubilee. Photo: Facebook
The weekend schedule for the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee's Golden Jubilee. Photo: Facebook
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – He will not be there in person but his presence will definitely be felt as the BVI Festival and Fairs Committee in collaboration with the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee, in consultation with residents, have decided to name this year’s Wet Fete in honour of the late Neil A. Blyden aka “Mr Melee”.

This announcement was made public by the news chairman of the BVI Festival and Fairs Committee Mr Trefor A. Grant.

The Wet Fete is slated for April 16, 2017 at St Thomas Bay Jetty, Virgin Gorda.

Mr Blyden is said to have been the one responsible for the revamping of the Wet Fete many years ago. In addition, Mr Blyden will be honoured for other contributions he made over the years to the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival, especially his committed live broadcast of the Easter Festival activities every year, and his part played in nurturing the development of local artists and bands.

Mr Blyden’s sudden death on January 1, 2017 came as a shock to the entire Virgin Islands. He was found dead in his Road Town, Tortola home by his wife Janice.

Blyden, an indigenous Virgin Islander, was the owner of the popular radio station ZVCR 106.9 FM and founder of Neil Blyden & Associates, a marketing and promotion company.

He was also well known for his years in advertising, his distinctive radio voice, especially when recording radio and TV commercials and his contribution to the Virgin Islands culture.

He had also served as Chairman of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) for one year, December 2010 – 2011.

10 Responses to “VG Wet Fete named in honour of Neil A. Blyden aka ‘Mr Melee’”

  • I think it's fair (08/04/2017, 09:57) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think the tortola festival village will be the better thing to do
  • tola (08/04/2017, 13:25) Like (2) Dislike (14) Reply
    Why putting Mr blyden for VG wet fet and he is not from wah about the other people's who or from VG why you don't name somebody from VG the wet fet ball head
    • dot com (08/04/2017, 15:53) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thought this was one Virgin Islands???
    • @ tola (08/04/2017, 17:16) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      Every year religiously he have supported VG festival and even when he was not commentating the parade .. if VG committee feels like honouring him so
      Be it ...
  • up town (08/04/2017, 14:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was a good man yall
  • Lester maduro (08/04/2017, 16:35) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    His name will live on especially in the VG community because he GAVE !
    It was country above self ; Mr MELEE will live forever .
    Rest in peace Neil : good soldiers dont die
  • Unique Guy. (09/04/2017, 05:38) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The best chairman tourist board ever had, the best voice carnival ever had, like everyone else people in authority always look for themselves... He was the true BVI ambassador.
  • Cuz (10/04/2017, 08:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP HE HAS BEEN MISSED
  • what foolishness @tola (10/04/2017, 11:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why are we having a debate over this? VG is apart of the Virgin Islands in case you forgot. Mr Melee had so much to do with Virgin Gorda and their festivities. Why is it so wrong for them to honor him? They honored him when he was alive why not continue to remember his legacy? Quit with all the negative!


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