The late Sir Jack Hayward, once in a discussion, disclosed that he was responsible for the naming of many of the roadways that were associated with the development of the port city that came to be known as Freeport. Adventurer’s Way, Pioneer’s Way, Settler’s Way, became travel arteries synonymous with the city. The names suited the times, the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, but we now are in a different era.
It is commendable that the Grand Bahama Development Company, headed by its chief, Graham Torode, accommodated a historic name change over the weekend, this past Friday to be exact, as an unveiling transformed East Settler’s Way to Cathedral Boulevard. The tribute is to Jubilee Cathedral, the most significant landmark along the fabled thoroughfare and its stalwart Minister of the Gospel, Bishop Godfrey Williams, the senior pastor.
We applaud Torode and Company and all of the participants of the process. Representing The Government of The Bahamas at the name change ceremony which took place on the grass way, just across from the Coral Road/Settler’s Way roundabout, was Hon. Iram lewis, the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, who is based in the Office of The Prime Minister here in Grand Bahama. In life, changing times are consistent with the journey and name changes of roadways bring into focus, dimensions of our society that deserve to be prominently etched in history.
The Jubilee Cathedral has been the centre of some of the finest occasions of program deliveries that marked various historic achievements; ushered in significant developments; and showcased much that all and sundry could be proud of about Freeport in particular, and the wider Grand Bahama, generally.
The street-renaming ceremony was just one of several high profile events taking place over the weekend, such as the Grand Bahama Technology Summitt and the Edward St. George Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament (see page 20), but it was significant in its own right.
The affair was a part of the 19th Anniversary of Jubilee Cathedral.
We extend congratulations to Bishop Godfrey Williams, his family and church associates.