Visiting UK born Granddaughter of Guyana Arawak Princess gets surprise Royal service from Barbados Transport Board Employees
Miriam DeWever (also spelled DeWeever by some) spent 7 wonderful weeks in Barbados (14 October – 2 December 2010) – both staying at hotels and with relatives, as a long stay visitor this in itself is worthy of a footnote, but one incident in particular stands out; and shows once again the hospitality of some Barbadians to visitors in our fair land when least expected.
As it so happens, Miriam had arrived in the island unannounced and was planning to surprise her cousin Audrey Corrie at her Highgate Gardens home one day, but wanting to see a bit of the island en-route – Miriam opted to use the public transport Bus service in Barbados in order to get her from her West Coast Hotel to Wildey St. Michael.
Somehow along the way she missed her stop when the driver forgot to put her off – and she ended up in Oistins Town at the Bus Terminal there…several miles away, the bus driver upon seeing her still seated after all other passengers had disembarked THEN remembered that he had promised to put her off where she could have completed her journey to her cousin for the surprise.
The Barbados Transport Board driver felt embarrassed and apologized from the bottom of his heart and Miriam assured him that it was OK – for everyone makes mistakes, but the Bus Driver’s senior official on duty who was within earshot at the time came over when he witnessed the scene; and so the driver explained what had occurred – and Miriam explained her plan to pay a surprise visit to her Barbadian cousins.
The Senior Official also offered HIS apologies – and then instructed the driver to change the sign on the bus so it no longer appeared to be ‘on duty’ and to drop Mrs. Mariam DeWever directly to her cousins house – much to the shock and disbelief of Miriam, who was never-the-less pleasantly surprised herself and eternally grateful to both Gentlemen.
So said – so done, and later when Miriam opened the gate to her cousin Audrey’s house and relayed the tale – it was certainly the first time anyone in the family had ever heard of a Barbados Transport Board official (who are normally courteous) going to SUCH a great length to show kindness to what was just another ordinary visitor to the island as far as he was concerned.
Cousin Audrey (herself a grand-daughter of Lokono-Arawak Princess Marian of Guyana) laughingly remarked to her first cousin Miriam “You were given Royal Service by the Barbados Transport Board!“