Cayo police station 1940
THIS IS A MEMORABLE AND NOSTALGIC PICTURE FOR ME.
This was when I almost went to prison, for constructing this park in CROWN LANDS.
THIS WAS in 1960, when I, Hector David Silva, the Mayor of the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, decided, with the support of my Council Members, TO BUILD A PARK in front of the Cayo District, Administration Building.
I made two attempts in 1960 to start this project, but on both occasions I was threatened with arrest.
On the first one, District Commissioner Howell Longsworth Sr called me into his Office and advised / warned me, that I cannot build anything on that piece of property.
ON the second trial I made, six months later, the Colonial Secretary, an Englishman, Mr Fann, drove up to San Ignacio and told me that if I tried a third time, I would be arrested and charged for trespassing in CROWN LANDS. - This was still 1960.
BUT ON March 2nd, 1961 the PUP won all 18 Constituencies, and we formed the Government.
I IMMEDIATELY WENT DOWN TO PREMIER GEORGE PRICE, and I ASK FOR THE BIGGEST SUPER EIGHT BULLDOOZER, and I rake the entire hill in front of the Police Station, and we built the Columbus Park.( I am some where in this foto.)
On October 12th, 1961, we invited Premier George Price to inaugurate the Columbus Park WITH ALL POMP and CELEBRATIONS.
( I was vindicated. ) for history's sake.
Photograph courtesy Elma Popper, Text by Hector Silva
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