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HER UNCLE Alan Sheppard called her a “positive light” who had touched many. And yesterday evening, many of the friends of Renee Ratcliffe lit candles in her memory. Ratcliffe died suddenly on Kadooment Day, moments after seeing her band parade at the National Stadium. Here friends of the designer...
by LEANNE TASHER THERE HAS BEEN a strong show of support for a vigil in honour of popular designer Renee Ratcliffe. Candles, flowers, posters and many other items and services have been donated for a vigil, which is set to be held at Scotiabank gate, National Stadium at 6:30 p.m. According to a...
by GERCINE CARTER BANDLEADER Renee Ratcliffe complained yesterday about the failure of bandleaders to get the concessions promised to Kadooment bands by Government. She told the DAILY NATION: “We were promised VAT exemptions and we have not got them yet. Even if we paid five per cent of VAT,...
by GERCINE CARTER VETERAN band leader Gwyneth Squires broke down in tears yesterday at the news of the passing of fellow band designer Renee Ratcliffe. Squires sobbed while waiting her band’s turn to parade at the National Stadium. “Renee called me this morning for breakfast and we had breakfast...
by TRE GREAVES Lil Rick has capped the Crop Over season by doing a hat-trick. Last night he won the Tune of De Crop with his hit song, I’z A Bajan to add to his Party Monarch and Stag Jam Tune winnings. The Hypa Dawg and his fans celebrated this latest win...
GWYNETH SQUIRES took the lion’s share of awards from this year’s Republic Bank Grand Kadooment Day. HISTORICAL 1ST Betty West Kadooment Band - Betty West – Bajan Impact 2ND Ooutraje Festival Band - Trevor Chase/ Sophia Chase – Pic-O-De-Crop 3RD Wednesday 2000 - Mackie Holder – Limitless- Barbados...
by YVETTE BEST  VETERAN BANDLEADER and designer Gwyneth Squires and popular entertainer Lil Rick scored big wins in yesterday’s Republic Bank Grand Kadooment which brought the curtain down on this year’s Crop Over Festival. Squires copped her 21st Large Band of the Year ...
by GERCINE CARTER TRIBUTE WAS PAID to Barbados in its 50th year of Independence by  the scores of masquerade bands parading today in the Republic Bank Cropover Grand Kadooment. Several of the 32 bands going before the judges at the National Stadium  devoted sections to Barbados’...
SPECTATORS WERE OUT EARLY and took up vantage spots along Station Hill, St Michael to watch the parade of the bands for Republic Bank Grand Kadooment Day. They were not disappointed as some of the major bands were among the first on the road. As usual, Walk Holy led the way, followed...
A DAMPER was thrown over the Crop Over Festival today after it was announced designer Renee Ratcliffe had collapsed and died. Reports reaching Barbados Nation said Ratcliffe of Jump Promotions collapsed on the outskirts of the National Stadium this morning. She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth...