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BARBADOS - Sandy Lane Gold Cup March 2004
Sunday 07, March-2004
by Karin Dear
Minutes before the eighth race on the ten-race card was run and simultaneously beamed by TVG to millions of North American, Caribbean and European fans, local supporters were treated to pulse-elevating entertainment.
They cheered the towering display of stilt-walkers draped in colours that reflected the national colours of Barbados, the United States, Canada, Britain and Trinidad and Tobago.
The inimitable regal splendour of the Royal Barbados Police Force Band unleashed a rousing cheer from an appreciative international audience, a number of whom waved their own national flags.
In the posh overhead boxes where champagne had been flowing since noon, patrons jumped to their feet and applauded wildly as the snow-white uniforms marched past.
When the band began playing If You K Susie, Like I Know Susie, the crowd spontaneously joined in for a chorus of the American stage classic.
The Barbados Defence Force’s Zouave and Cadet bands established a lively air of anticipation as their precision marching and sweet sounds echoed through the historic Garrison.
In the Governor-General’s box sat Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, flanked by Minister of Education and Sport Reginald Farley.
Click to see the spectators the famous and the fashionable.
As international flags flew at half-staff, patrons fell into a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for Barbados’ former Prime Minister, Sir Harold St John, who died recently.
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