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Rain fails to dampen community spirit

Families danced in the rain as singers put out the message of peace at a Stop The Violence event at St David’s Cricket Club.

Jamaican reggae stars Etana and Marlon Binns, and Toronto’s Eyesus gave memorable performances at the fun day aiming to encourage families to stand together in the face of gang troubles blighting the Island.

One of the organisers, Kendricks Zuill, said similar shows are now planned at other parishes.

“People came out in the rain, stood there and embraced it and enjoyed it,” Mr Zuill told

The Royal Gazette.“The rain and wind meant we had to cancel some of the fun day activities like the bouncy castle, but the performers took to the stage and said they still wanted to get their message across.

“The message is to stop the violence. The fact Bermuda has become very much a hostile environment because of all the shootings, we felt it was time for people to come together from different walks of life to have fun and show a community spirit.”

Mr Zuill said about 250 people attended the event on Saturday afternoon. Many sheltered in their cars before emerging to dance in the rain when the entertainment began.

“Despite the weather, we saw that this can have an impact on our community and will definitely bring about more bonding and having family fun together,” he said.

“We are hoping to get this message across to the whole community and will try to hold one of these at every parish.”

The next Stop The Violence event will be in St George’s in April.

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Published February 13, 2012 at 7:00 am (Updated February 13, 2012 at 6:41 am)

Rain fails to dampen community spirit

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