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Pan Trinbago reverts to east-to-west route
Posted By: News
Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2003, at 1:32 a.m.
By Terry Joseph
Queen's Park Savannah vendors and members of the public who joined in protest over a decision by Pan Trinbago to move bands across the performance stage in a west-to-east direction can now rest easy.
Pan Trinbago president Patrick Arnold yesterday announced his decision to revert to the east-to-west routing for bands participating at Saturday's National Panorama competition final. "Although it was an executive decision, I felt we should approach this particular conflict in a conciliatory manner and reverse the directional flow for the final," Arnold said.
"It is important to us, though, that the public knows this is not a response to the Emancipation Support Committee (ESC) head Khafra Kambon (who last week pilloried Pan Trinbago for the new arrangement). He could have approached us with his comments instead of seeking media mileage.
"Clearly, the only value of our relationship with him is when he wants steelbands to play for free in his Emancipation Village, even while he pays calypsonians for their musical effort," Arnold said.
"We saw his intervention as an attempt to put Pan Trinbago in a bad light and we object to this behaviour.
"The very vendors gave us their support in writing, so we don't know what he is talking about and who he is really representing.
"We however understand the point about them losing money and we have reverted to the east-to-west routing for bands at Saturday night's Panorama final," Arnold said.
He insisted that the project had not been abandoned but suspended.
The $20 payment for liming on the track is however still in effect.
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