Hundreds march for peace and unity
Hundreds of people marched through Hamilton Parish yesterday in a show of peace and unity.
The event was organised as a tribute to Daemon Bell, a parish resident who died after attempting to break up a fight near Shelly Bay in February.
Marchers were accompanied by members of Place’s Gombeys, which was celebrating its 65th anniversary.
The march started at Hamilton Parish Workman’s Club, taking a route along North Shore Road to Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club, where Mr Bell had been a member.
Desmond Crockwell, a friend of Mr Bell who organised the event, described the evening as “bittersweet”.
Mr Crockwell said: “The turnout was fantastic — it exceeded our expectations.
“I think it also showed the spirit of unity and community spirit — everybody was there from all walks of life.
“We wanted it to be a celebration, which it was. But we were also there to mark Daemon’s life and passing. It was a bittersweet moment for the Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club family.”
Ajamu Hollis, 46, has been charged with Mr Bell’s murder but has not yet entered a plea.