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.

Miriam is to the right of her second cousin Damon Corrie (far left) as the two flank portraits of family Matriarch Princess Marian (top ,middle) of the Eagle Clan Lokono-Arawaks, and son of the Princess David Arnold DeWever (below, middle) - who was Miriam's father; and who returned to Guyana from exile in the UK in the tumultuous 1960's to try to regain the Colonial Era British recognized autonomy for Amerindian tribal lands from the communist style nationalization that was unleashed by the then dictator Forbes Burnham.

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!

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  1. I am extremely grateful to my 2nd cousin Damon Corrie for asking your newspaper to publish the very,very courteous dealings from the Senior Official of the Barbados Transport Board in my time of need – and in ‘need’ I certainly was!! I am 74 years ‘young’, and although I have visited your beautiful island in the past, the last time in 1995 when my father David Arnold De-Wever passed away here in England, to be perfectly honest I had never used the ‘blue buses’ before. It was my father’s wish, that after his death, I should go to Barbados to stay with my ‘favourite’ cousin Mrs Audrey Corrie at Highgate Gardens to recuperate my energies, after caring for him when he had suffered a stroke and was paralysed down one side. Caring for him was not a problem as my ‘Arawak Spirit’ was part of him, although it was very emotionally difficult to experience the ‘role reversal’ syndrome. As children, we rely and need our parents in many various aspects. We then find ourselves in the position of having to return the love that is shown to us as children, in our parents time of need. In my father’s case, he did not require anything that money could buy. He was not a demanding man for he carried the genes of the Arawak Tribe – Peace and Harmony! Throughout his life he would sooner ‘give’ than ‘take’ but, suffering a stroke, he required constant care, understanding and love.
    During my visit to your beautiful island in 1995 I received such love and understanding from Audrey and her husband Geddes. I did not use the buses for there was no need to as, at my request, I was taken to the Boat Yard beach every morning, when their grandchildren went to school, and picked up at sunset – again at my request – by car. Recuperation time was spent on your golden sands, looking at the cloud formations in your beautiful blue sky and swimming in your oh! so blue caribbean sea. This latest visit however I decided to be more independent, relying on your transport system during my first 4 weeks stay on the West Coast.
    Although slightly sceptical at first, although your Barbados Transport Board are given good write-ups in the tourist guides, I must say I was very pleasantly surprised at the courtesy shown by your drivers. The ‘Royal Service’
    received was quite unbelievable but so gratefully received as I was like a ‘little lost lamb’ at the time – not knowing where I was or how I was going to get to Wildey! I now have a ‘Knight in Shining Armour’ in your Senior Official! He will be in my thoughts forever as one of the most pleasant happenings in my life! Thank you SO much young man! I kiss your hand in gratitude!
    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, all my lovely family, especially my beautiful Aunt Hannah who will be 97 next March, the Bajan Reporter and all your readers a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2011! Keep smiling everyone and thank you Barbados – my ‘second’ home – I’ll be back – God willing!!
    Miriam De-Wever (England).

  2. There are some very nice people in Barbados in general
    Many of the Transport Board Workers are courteous and kind.
    In recent times I have found no reason to complain about the Transport Board.
    The service is very good, especially on the By-Pass routes and I enjoy riding on those buses especially the ones with the bucket seats-…… comfortable



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