Barbadians cautioned against overindulgence during Crop Over festivities
Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:00am
Barbadians have been advised to refrain from overindulgence of any kind as they seek to have a good time during the Crop Over festivities.
Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly, John Boyce, issued the word of caution on Tuesday at the close of Government business in the House, as he moved to have the sitting adjourned until Tuesday, August 9, at 10 a.m.
Speaking briefly on the adjournment, he noted: “This is a tradition which we have become accustomed to of course. The celebration of the Crop Over Festival in Barbados will be more or less culminating during the interim period and I certainly want to be associated with all the very best wishes to all Barbadians in this very important celebration of the year,” Boyce stated.
“I want to wish of course that all those who participate do so in the spirit of good Barbadian culture, enjoying and ensuring that the fullest expressions of art, culture and glamour become a marked art of this celebration,” he added.
“However, at the same time, we need to be constantly mindful of the need for safety and the need for ensuring that there is not overindulgence and I speak of overindulgence of any kind – be it overindulgence in terms of celebration; overindulgence in terms of consumption either of good food, because we can over consume good food; and certainly we want to urge the non-overindulgence of the consumption of alcohol, especially at this time of celebration,” Boyce stressed, as he wished his fellow Parliamentarians a happy Crop Over break and a truly successful Crop Over celebration to the wider Barbadian public and visitors alike.
On the Opposition’s end, Santia Bradshaw also wished all Honourable Members and the wider public a safe and enjoyable Crop Over.
“Obviously it is a time where people are partic-ularly concerned about their safety, particularly in recent times with all the discussion about crime in the country and I know that the Royal Barbados Police Force will have its work cut out for it, but I do hope that all citizens pay attention to what is happening, pay attention to their own safety and as the Honourable Leader of Government Business would have said, that they do so in a safe and enjoyable environment. Cer-tainly not participating too much in the alcohol, but being reasonable in the amount of consumption,” she indicated. (RSM)