Concerns have been raised over the manner in which the bust of the first Prime Minister from the sister isles, Herbert Augustus Blaize has been left to disintegrate without any maintenance.
The bust has lost its shine and resemblance of the late Prime Minister who served as Prime Minister from 1984 to his passing on December 19th, 1989. It was erected back in about 2001 and was meant to champion the contribution which he made to the twin isles, parish and country in general and to honour him for being the first prime minister from the sister isles.
It also serves to remind the nation of their history in the post Independence period and also as a tourist attraction. Visitors have relished the opportunity to have pictures taken close to one of this country’s prime ministers. The bust sits at the entrance to the Welcome Centre on Main Street Hillsborough, which is a strategic location for visitors.
Its site in the natural elements demands continuous maintenance but unfortunately the image projecting the late H.A. as he was affectionately called has not been receiving the attention it truly warrants.
Both his ears are significantly disfigured and on the left it has a very dark area from a combination of the weather. Parts of his top lip and nose have been chipped off.
This is not an attractive sight for his family, residents, and natives and for tourism as the island prepares for another tourist season and the thousands expected for Next April’s England -West Indies test match at the National Stadium. The Government would be well advised to ensure that the bust of Herbert Augustus Blaize is maintained to mirror the legacy of the pioneer of Nationhood through the Prime Minister from this twin isle parish.
The late HA Blaize became the first prime minister following the US-led intervention, which implemented an Interim Government led by Sir Nicholas Braithwaite. Braithwaite, another Carriacouian’s interim team operated from November 1983 to Election Day on December 3rd 1984.