December 18: “Thieves Strip the Corporate Area’s Municipal Christmas Tree”

1939: Lilian Sanguinetti, graduate Hairdresser and Beauty Culturist of the West En Academy, London, opens a modern, up-to-date beauty parlour at 141 King Street, Kingston, promising her patrons new styles and new ideas using the latest in modern equipment. 1946: Hope Bunting and Willie Coke of Jamaica defeat the Mexican pair of Hilda Reyn and Galvan, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 in the mixed doubles semi finals of the Central American and Caribbean Olympics at Barranquilla, Colombia. They will meet the Venezuelan pair of Andrina Pietri and Carlos Lopez in the finals tomorrow.

1948: Virginia Belinfanti, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Belinfanti of Mandeville, Manchester, and Hugh Benjamin, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Benjamin of Ellen Street, Mandeville, are married at Ridgemount Congregational Church. The ceremony is performed by Rev. Tom Cox, Minister of the Church. The bride is given in marriage by her brother A.U. Belinfanti, and W.W. Benjamin, brother of the groom acts as groomsman. Bridesmaids are Gwendolyn Jenkins, Pearline Blake, Evelyn Salkey, Eleanor Lemon, and Lucille McKenzie. Flower girls are Joan Elliott and Megan Brown.

1954: Two new publications, Pages From Our Past by S.A.G. Taylor, and Selected Shorter Poems by JE. Clare McFarlane, are released by the Pioneer Press. Taylor’s previous book was The Capture of Jamaica. McFarlane is the Poet Laureate of Jamaica taking the post first held by Tom Redcam.

1958: Two witnesses, reeking with and reeling from rum who appear before Resident Magistrate V.K.C. McCarthy at Old Harbour, St. Catherine, are ordered jailed. The first, Allan Coy, is in no condition to give evidence as he has to be lifted into the Court by two Policemen. He can hardly keep his head up while answering a question and is ordered jailed until January 16. So, too, is John Wright. It is subsequently learned that a man interested in the case had taken the witnesses to a nearby bar where they were plied with drink. The defendant, Roy Graham, charged with dangerous and careless driving, is dismissed.

1974: Thieves strip the Corporate Area’s Municipal Christmas Tree of the light bulbs, wires and decorations. It is the first time Kingstonians can recall that this has been done.

1981: Doris Rainforth, former Principal of Hampton School in Malvern, St. Elizabeth, dies in Black River, age 84. She was Principal of Hampton from 1933 to 1943. She then became a Roman Catholic and joined the staff of Alpha Academy teaching there for 12 years. She then returned to Hampton and taught as an Assistant Mistress for 20 years until 1975 when she retired. 1983: Robin Gyles captures the Class I of the Kingburger Amateur Tennis tournament at the JLTA’s headquarters on Piccadilly Avenue when he defeats Ken Cole 6-3, 6-1. Bill Platt wins Class 2 and Carl Blissett the class 3. The women’s crown is won by Lilieth Campbell who upsets Anne Richards in the final 6-4, 6-4. Richards usually wins and was seeded No. 1 to Campbell.