April 3: “High School Students Shine in Athletics”

1945: Karlene Searchwell wins the 100 yards Class One in 11.2 secs at the annual inter-house athletic competition of St Andrew High School for Girls. Kathleen Johnson places second and Marjorie McClure third. In Class Two, Otalia Burrowes wins the 100 yards in 11.3 seconds with Sheila Grossett and Marjorie Fennel placing second and third, respectively. In Class Three, Thelma Page wins the 75 yards in 8.2 secs, with Pamela Sleggs and Joy Norton placing second and third respectively. In the 60 yards Class Four, Norma Edmondson wins in 8.3 secs, with Jean Douglas and Marjorie Henriques placing second and third, respectively. In the 50 yards Class Five, Barbara Mair wins in 7.2 secs, with Sonja Parboosingh and Prudence Anderson placingsecond and third, respectively.


1957: Anthony Abrahams wins the Class One 100 yards, and the 440 yards races in 10.3 secs. and 52.9 secs, respectively, at the annual inter-house sports of Jamaica College. Abrahams also place second in the 220 yards. Richard Thelwell wins the Class One high jump (5’3”), hop-step-jump (39’6”) and the pole vault (9’8”) Open. In Class Two, P. Burke wins the 220 yards (24.4 secs), 440 yards (56.7 secs), long jump (16 ’6”) and the high jump (4’ 11”). He also places second in the 880 yards. G. Neita wins the 880 yards Class One in 2 mins 14.9 secs and places second in the mile (Open).


1958: Livingston Harris is ordered to pay a fine of £454 and costs of £5 when he pleads guilty to the charge of assaulting a juvenile, at a sitting of the Resident Magistrate’s Court in Old Harbour, St Catherine, before His Hon V.G.K. McCarthy. The juvenile is Harris’ six-year-old daughter who is punched in the face and found bleeding from her nose and mouth by her mother. Harris, who has been convicted for the same offence before, is warned by McCarthy “not to touch the child nor try to scold her whenever you feel like losing your temper”.


1962: Lezma and Leslie Leon are delighted with the gift of a daughter, born at the St Joseph’s Hospital on Deanery Road, Vineyard Town, St Andrew.

1963: The Sevens Dance and Drama Group makes its first appearance at a
variety show staged at the Capri Theatre in May Pen, Clarendon. The programme includes comic sketches, a play and dances by the group. Ranny Williams is the MC for the show. The group was formed by Ivy Hin, community development officer, and its members are boys and girls, some of whom belong to the Sevens First Aid Group. T.H. Donaldson, ma
nager of Sevens Estate, who is the group’s 'godfather', presents them with a portable record player at the show.


1977: Douglas Burke, deputy director of tourism, resigns from the board, with effect from mid-June, after nearly 18 years with the board. Also resigning from an allied tourism agency, the Tourism Product Development Company, is Ed Barclay, senior representative of the company in Montego Bay.