Posted April 2nd. 2002 Stabroek News - Guyana Chronicle
GUYANESE seemingly took it easy yesterday, preferring to laze or picnic under the cool shade of a tree or makeshift tent rather than engage in the strenuous task of raising the traditional kite which has over the years come to be looked upon as the high point of the Easter holidays.
a West Coast Berbice resident, Mr. Freddie Persaud, probably made up for the
others with a 25-foot high kite he eventually got up in the air at Hope Beach.
However, even at the regular kite-flying haunts such as the Joe Vieira Park just off the Demerara Harbour bridge on the West Bank Demerara, the National Park and the Georgetown sea wall, you could almost count the number of kites in the sky which is mighty unusual at this time of year.
seemed to be more interested in what they had in their baskets and coolers,
which came in all shapes, sizes and colours, or to be just content with catching
up on the latest gossip, while the kids had a good romp in the grass or wandered
aimlessly around. SHOWSTOPPER: Freddie Persaud's 25-footer.
even bother walking with a kite.
to pick up somewhere after 13:00 hrs when it was that people began to venture
into the streets in spite of the sun, but not without some sort of shelter,
usually in the form of an umbrella.
Many families were also seen encamped outside the Continental Group of Companies head office at Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, which is a relatively new development, as was the sea of marquees and tents along the stretch of seawall between Sheriff Street and just before the Ocean View International Hotel at Liliendaal, on the lower East Coast Demerara.
At the national Park. Aeroplane kites: One of the few ingenuities this Easter.
along the coast, things were relatively quiet except for sporadic glimpses of
a few kites here and there and the tell-tale drone where families set up picnic
Things were relatively lively up at Hope Beach, where a beer guzzling competition among other side attractions were set to take place later in the afternoon.
It was there we met Persaud, who challenged himself into making a 25 x 19-foot monster of a kite, which he swore was the biggest in the country this Easter.
One of the many families picnicking at the Joe Vieira Park yesterday.
Number Four Village, on the West Coast Berbice, he said it took him about three
days to make and with considerable help from friends and neighbours in the village.
fishing net to back it so that the paper would hold fast and the aluminum frame
was donated by the Rubex firm of the Coldingen Industrial Estate, East Coast
It was not his first time rising to such a challenge
Persaud anchors himself to keep a firm grip on the kite.
One of many families which spent the day at Hope beach.
Fashion galore at Hope Beach.
four years ago he said he made a 15-footer, and last year he made a 20-footer
which he raised on Number Six beach, Berbice.
like doing the impossible; that's the type of person I am," Persaud said.
that's just pocket money," Persaud said, since it cost him more than $100,000
to make his kite. The frame alone, which he got gratis, cost about $66,000.
He got it flying with the help of some six men and it turned out to be a showstopper.
Persaud being helped by friends to raise his kite at Hope Beach.
And They Flew: These unusual kites were the unusual winners in the unusual categories of the Smalta and Vita Malt Kite competitions yesterday. Here members of the Winter family of Linden pose with their winning entries. (Photo courtesy of Lawrence Fanfair)
HOPE SCENE: out for the Easter fun at Hope Beach, East Coast Demerara yesterday. (Cullen Bess-Nelson photos)
Members of the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) at the National Park yesterday. From left Lex Hogenbosch, Els Gelders (partly hidden) and Netty Hogenbosch. They told Stabroek News that they have been in Guyana for the past two years and seven months and have enjoyed the Easter festival.(Ken Moore photo)
Guyana's finest: these ranks were part of the hightened police presence during yesterday's activities. (Ken Moore photo)
Expert Entertainment: This young lady treated photographer Ken Moore to a display of her Easter-Monday expertise.
"Pretty Maids all in a row": Photographer Ken Moore caught these four beauties on their way to the Everest Cricket Club to enjoy yesterday's Easter Monday activities.
These young ladies, (from left) Prya Persaud, Stephanie Merhi and Arifa Jameer who were enjoying yesterday's festivities at the Everest Cricket Club, managed to find a moment for photographer Ken Moore.
Star Struck: This young man favoured this peculiar kite design yesterday. (Photo by Lawrence Fanfair)
A Family Affair: Photographer Ken Moore captured this family as they made their way to the Everest Cricket Club yesterday.
Anything but: This quite large entry was Orin David's contribution to the Smalta Kite competition. (Photograph by Ken Moore)
An Easter Endeavor: Works Minister Anthony Xavier along with his wife and daughter yesterday at the Everest Cricket Club. (Photograph by Ken Moore)
Industrious Friends: This group of friends from Industry were on their way to test their creation when they paused for photographer Lawrence Fanfair yesterday.
The Seaforth family at the sea-walls yesterday. Young Christopher (far left) and his father Terrence attracted and delighted many curious on-lookers with these highly original designs, which lit-up the sky while they were in flight. (Lawrence Fanfair Photo
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