December 18, 2009
Port Police cop second straight Carolling win

For the second consecutive year, the Port Police Carollers are the champions of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force Christmas caroling contest.{{more}}

From the time they took the stage, not even the showers of rain could stop their exhilarating performance. The group sang the traditional Christmas carol, “When a child is born”, followed by “Pregnant Santa”, an original composition, sung to the tune of Fayan Lyons-Alvarez’s “Meet Super Blue”.

Despite the intermittent showers, the men and women who maintain law and order were given the full support of the public at the event which was held at the Chamber of Commerce Car Park on Sunday, December 12, 2009.

The Port Police Carollers walked away with $500, a trophy and gift basket as their prizes.

With their rendition of: “God rest ye merry, Gentlemen” and “Customs Parang”, the Customs Carollers took the second spot and were awarded with $350 and other prizes.

The Western Carolers had to settle for third place with their presentation, “O Holy Night” and “It’s Finally Christmas”.

Delivering brief remarks, Commissioner of Police Keith Miller noted that it was important to invite the committees from some of the troubled areas in the country to take part in the event.

He thanked members of the corporate community for helping them to carrying out their job and in helping to restore peace. “We have to rely on you for help and we are glad that you have come together and partnered with us in the fight against crime,” Miller noted.

The Police Youth Club, the Ottley Hall Committee Choir and the Redemption Sharpes Committee Choir made guest appearances. The Headquarters Choir, Rolly and Lennox Bowman and the Gazetted Officers Choir, including Commissioner of Police Keith Miller, also performed.

The other participating groups were: the Auxiliary Choir, Guardsman Traffic Angels, CPS Carolers, Southern Carolers, Immigration Saviours, and Crime Busters of the Criminal Investigations Department.

Minister of Culture Rene Baptiste gave brief remarks at the show.

The Police Christmas Caroling competition began in 2004. (KW)