Philip Goldson in front of the Billboard office, 1965
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Philip Goldson in front of the Billboard office, 1965

Campaigning for National Independence Party. Left to right Kid Broster far left, Sabino Savery (with glasses), Kenneth Mitchell, Phillip Goldson, Jaime Staines, and Wilfredo Shubu Brown.

They are standing in front of "The Billboard Press"; the NIP newspaper publishing company. That was also the NIP headquarters building. They were campaigning, if you zoom in you can see some of the things they were promising the people on the poster on the wall behind them.

Belize Billboard Edition: October 29, 1959

“Press is Guardian of Free Speech”

The Belize Billboard became a target for the Colonial Officials. Mr. Goldson revealed that there was an economic “squeeze” campaign against the Billboard by Colonial Secretary E.D Hone in an attempt suppress them. The article states:

“Attempts of Colonial Secretary E.D Hone to suppress the Billboard were revealed at Friday nights PUP meeting by Goldson. He revealed:

1. $1500 years loss in revenue for the Billboard.

2. Refusal from social development officer to give interviews or share plans for social development in the colony.

3. Official news and advertisements withheld from the Billboard.

He concluded “we the editors regard ourselves as guardians of the People’s rights to free speech. We consider it our duty to defend that right to the bitter end”.

Rose Gilharry: I remember the Hon Phillp Goldson as a young girl best friend to my late dad, I remember him on his motor cycle when he come to visit. I do miss the name British Honduras, it confusing when you send a letter to family or friends in Belize City and it say Belize city, Belize it look ridiculous I hate that they change to Belize who is the dumb ass that change the name? When I mailed a package or letter to Belize City , Belize , I get this funny look from the people working at the Post Office and they would ask if the address is correct and I have to explain.Many years ago since the name people get confuse when they ask you where you live you say Belize they surprise and would say never heard of BELIZE then would you explain the name was British Honduras then they say been there many year, it now well known as Belize, but I like British Honduras that's only me I was born when it was Brtish Honduras maybe all who was born when it was British Honduras , should say British Honduras and who born when the change should say place of birth Belize.(lol)

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