Burnt out rumshop in Oistins both Health Hazard & Eyesore: Brother of Spice & Co’s Lead Vocalist – Peter Sheppard – speaks out on environmental danger in South Coast
Peter Sheppard; Many folk know him as Shep, not so many are aware his brother is Alan – the singer extraordinaire who spearheaded the massively triumphant return of Spice & Co in February – but Peter is also a fanatical photographer and keen environmentalist.
When he saw an ad in the Bajan Reporter, he left a comment which had us curious and we asked him to expand on the matter, here’s what he had to say;-
As Barbadians begin to Celebrate Easter. The focal point is Oistins, Christ Church, where The Oistins Fish Festival brings life to a comparatively sleepy Fishing Village. Booths are set up with handicraft, plants, and all types of plastic, inflatable toys for the kids, beautiful local kites, and other items for sale. The main attraction though is the food (and drink) as numerous kiosks offer fresh fish dishes, fish cakes, and other treats.
Several activities are planned, including the Fish Boning Contest, Greasy Pole Climbing, Dolphin Skinning,and Tug O’War. There are also several free live musical events planned for the Easter Weekend. Thousands of Visitors and locals from all over the island descend on Oistins, to enjoy a Festival that is now 33 years old.
It is therefore such a pity that the area is spoilt with the eyesore of a burnt out bar, which has been partially stripped by vandals, and now is a health and safety hazard. It`s incredible that the organizers of the festival, who no doubt visited the town in the weeks leading up to the Event, could not have had the site cleared by the Ministry of Health.
The fact that the fire happened about a year ago makes it even more obvious that no one seems to notice or care about things like this that effect our Tourism product, and our image as a clean and desirable place to visit.