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Xmas on de Castro St. draws support despite controversy

-City Manager Janice Brathwaite-Edwards said move not permanent; aimed at developing small business
Scores of residents and visitors came out to Christmas on De Castro Street last evening December 5, 2014 as the change of venue for the traditional holiday kick-starter did not dampen support. Photo: VINO
One of the many stalls set up. Photo: VINO
One of the many stalls set up. Photo: VINO
Hats on sale, among other things. Photo: VINO
Hats on sale, among other things. Photo: VINO
People were busy buzzing around the various stalls. Photo: VINO
People were busy buzzing around the various stalls. Photo: VINO
Patrons checking out stalls. Photo: VINO
Patrons checking out stalls. Photo: VINO
Speaking to this news site at the event, City Manager Janice Brathwaite-Edwards who heads the committee organizing the event said that people need to understand that the move was to bring more comfort to everyone. Photo: VINO
Speaking to this news site at the event, City Manager Janice Brathwaite-Edwards who heads the committee organizing the event said that people need to understand that the move was to bring more comfort to everyone. Photo: VINO
Children performing a cultural dance number. Photo: VINO
Children performing a cultural dance number. Photo: VINO
Sharie B. de Castro sharing a booth with her sister. Photo: VINO
Sharie B. de Castro sharing a booth with her sister. Photo: VINO
Hon Delores Christopher (R5), a member of the organising committee and Emcee for the evening David D. Archer on stage. Photo: VINO
Hon Delores Christopher (R5), a member of the organising committee and Emcee for the evening David D. Archer on stage. Photo: VINO
Martino Mark and the Hardcore Band performing live on stage. Photo: VINO
Martino Mark and the Hardcore Band performing live on stage. Photo: VINO
One of the Vendors Alithia who supported the venue change. Photo: VINO
One of the Vendors Alithia who supported the venue change. Photo: VINO
Another vendor, Tracy, also preferred the new location because of greater space. Photo: VINO
Another vendor, Tracy, also preferred the new location because of greater space. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Scores of residents and visitors came out to Christmas on de Castro Street last evening December 5, 2014 as the change of venue for the traditional holiday kick-starter did not dampen support.

The event was chock full of musical items and dance performances, together with the buzzing of commerce as stalls pulled in customers for sales of various items.

There was also lots of food and drink on sale as persons moved from one stall to the next while taking in the sounds of live entertainment and thankfully very few speeches.

There were performances by the BVI Dance School, Martino Mark and the Hardcore Band, St Georges Secondary School Orchestra, Althea Scatliffe Primary School and a host of others. The Emcee for the evening was David D. Archer who did well to keep the crowd entertained between performances and gave good one-liners and jokes suitable for the occasion.

While there had been some controversy regarding the suddenness of the venue change, this did not seem to dampen the spirits of the persons who were out making sales over two days commencing yesterday and concluding today.

Speaking to this news site at the event, City Manager Janice Brathwaite-Edwards who heads the committee organizing the event said that people need to understand that the move was to bring more comfort to everyone.

“Regarding the controversy where people felt we should not have moved I think people need to understand that we are not in this location permanently,” she said.

“We needed to do something a little different. We wanted to see how the entire family atmosphere would be with the events for the children in this location. And I think after the controversy most people will agree that it was a good change…it was a good move. People are able to move more freely and they are enjoying themselves and I am really happy with the turnout,” she said.

The City Manager said that the number of booths at this year’s event surpassed that of last year and said that there were 56 booths operating, up from 42 last year. “The stallholders feel that the move was good because on Main Street it is a lot of pressure, because you would be buying things and people would be bumping into you but here nobody is bumping into you…you could freely by, you could freely look,” she said.

“The space is one of the most important reasons for the change. Now I am not saying that we won’t come back to this location but I also want the people of Main Street to understand that we will do some other things with them. So all is not lost,” she said.

The City Manager noted that the people out selling come from all over and not just from Main Street. “We have a smorgasbord of people from throughout the island,” she said.

Regarding the allegation that the vendors of Main Street did not get sufficient notification of the decision to relocate the event, she had this to say, “Well, sometimes things happen and we needed to do something different and yes maybe we could have notified them but we need to understand that as a volunteer group we have objectives outside of just Main Street and we need to fulfil those objectives and the biggest of those objectives is to ensure that we assist small businesses in development,” said the City Manager.

One vendor Alithia when asked about the change of venue said, “Well a change is always good. As far as tonight is concerned a lot of people have been coming out. It is a bit different but it is better.”

She said it is much better on de Castro Street compared to when the event was staged on Main Street which she had been a part of for the past five years.

Another vendor who only wanted to be referred to as Tracy said, “There is more space for shoppers and vendors to walk around to see different stuff instead of the tight enclosed surroundings as how it was on Main Street. So the space is very good for us.”

23 Responses to “Xmas on de Castro St. draws support despite controversy”

  • Fake News (06/12/2014, 10:53) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply
    Platinum News says: "Poor Turnout At Christmas On DeCastro Street..." Why will they lie to create problems? The turn out was very good. Its was definitely more comfortable for most people I'm sure. Only Platinum News and maybe some store owners on main Street complain about it.
  • DON Q (06/12/2014, 11:03) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    Anything the ndp touch becomes an issue
  • ft (06/12/2014, 12:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    saterday is the best
  • Vendor Tracy (06/12/2014, 13:44) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Greater space cos no one turn up. People got no money to spend man. Get real.
  • broke (06/12/2014, 16:45) Like (18) Dislike (34) Reply
    Ndp killed the economy
  • Sho (06/12/2014, 18:18) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    With all that work I see NDP gave out in all them Districts people must have some money to spend. Man I never see so many people, trucks, heavy equipment working ever. How they say NDP not doing anything for the country?
    • @ sho (06/12/2014, 23:24) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
      Stop tell lie and spining tings myrun not a work going on but bush cutting and the vip cdb projects stop lie we sick of it...ndp must go
    • @sho (07/12/2014, 15:20) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
      Yea lot of work give out but no one been paid. No money in the trunk. Happy xmas!
  • Love the Move (06/12/2014, 19:34) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    The move was an EXCELLENT IDEA!
  • up town (06/12/2014, 23:25) Like (96) Dislike (13) Reply
    Ndp has mess up the country now why they kill xmas on main street?
  • Thanks (06/12/2014, 23:32) Like (33) Dislike (4) Reply
    Stop bashing the government and welcome the positive changes. Everything positive is a problem to the NDP haters.
  • Jac (07/12/2014, 10:01) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    I was never at a Xmas on Main Street until midnight, because I was never comfortable - could ont pwalk around comfortably. O sure cou this time
  • Outsider (07/12/2014, 12:26) Like (13) Dislike (60) Reply
    Changes are hard for people to adapt but this change was very good from Main Street to Decastro street. I was there the settings were good the space for walking and shopping was great. Hope the city manager will continue to have it at Decastro stree
    • idk (07/12/2014, 21:07) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      The support for the goverment reflects the turn out to these events
    • poor planing (07/12/2014, 22:14) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      Where in the world you remove a cultural legacy to the middle of a town during a commercial working day. Bad move. If it was a public holiday such a move might have had merit.
  • Dont Worry... (08/12/2014, 12:31) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Once Fraser didn't come up with it, it's a bad idea. That's how things are judged by many of the posters on this site. Putting an event where more businesses can take advantage is bad, but talking Maritime bullsht makes sense. lol
  • Ok Then! (08/12/2014, 17:41) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was there on Saturday night from after 9pm to about 11pm and there was allot of people there.. everyone seemed comfortable and there was even a ride for the kids to go on; my kids had fun compared to when it was on main street, with people stepping on our feet and having to wait a long time before being served due to space available for line up. It was relaxing this time and we had a chance to visit all the vendors, versus getting tired and upset of the cluster and going home thinking "why the hell did I come here".
  • Different approaches (09/12/2014, 11:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Two different approaches to management, VIP just leaves everything the way it is hoping that something will change even though they see it going down the drain-they figure just pump more money into it, It's going to work. Meanwhile the NDP looks and the bigger picture and make bold solutions that works. While the VIP sits back and complain about it. Nothing the NDP do for this country is never good for some people. I can recall when Craft Alive was been faced lift they nearly kill Mark and the City Manager, the project is a boost to the country and yet they sit and blog crap about it daily.


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