Former Saint Lucia Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony is longing for the sound of music from the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) band and would like a concerted effort made to revive the band.
Anthony revealed his feelings in a post on his official Facebook page this week as he acknowledged that unquestionably the COVID-19 pandemic had brought major upheaval to people’s lives.
” We continue to mourn with the families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. Our institutions, too, have paid a price. But we must be careful that we do not, unintentionally and unwittingly, undermine or even destroy what we have created and inherited,” the Vieux Fort South MP stated.
In this regard, he disclosed that the plight of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force Band has bothered him.
Anthony recalled that with the onset of the pandemic, the RSLPF absorbed the band members, ostensibly to patrol this country’s streets and roads.
“They were told they are police officers first and band members after. To compound the situation, the building which housed the band room was destroyed in the mad effort to construct a new police headquarters and a High Court of Justice, a decision, which at best, was misguided. The band was sent to Caribbean Cinemas, the new temporary home, it was said. The tragedy of all of this is that the band has dispersed. Some members have not even touched or played an instrument since then,” the former PM lamented.
“There were times during this pandemic that I missed the music of the band. I have always thought that the band could have soothed us during the worst days of the pandemic. Yes, some will say that the band could not congregate because of social distancing rules, but surely the band is uniquely placed to play music within the guidelines of the rules of social distance. All other units are permitted to continue operations notwithstanding the risk,” Anthony said.
He said he fears that if the band remains dispersed and dormant any further, this country will lose what had taken decades to build.
Anthony hoped that those responsible would take steps to re-establish the band and return it to its former glory.
“We need the music of the band to calm us and to allow us to reconnect with our heritage that we knew. It would have been a blessing to enjoy a virtual Kweyol concert this weekend. I pray we are able to enjoy our band as we did in times past for Christmas,” he expressed.