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Setting the record straight on Clarence Hill

Dear Sir,

Former sports minister Dale Butler (File photograph)

I bring it to your attention that I had absolutely nothing to do with the organisation of a celebration for Clarence Hill on Monday, October 18 at the car park in between Union Street and Court Street.

I first met Flora Duffy at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia when I was Bermuda’s sports minister and have watched her progress over the years. I congratulate her and salute the Bermuda Government and the sports minister for the recognition given to her.

On the Monday, I was the first to arrive at Corkscrew Hill along with Rhona Pedro, who was featured on the front page of The Royal Gazette. Rhona had prepared a bronze plate of Clarence Hill prior to Flora winning her medal. The plate was to be a part of “The Clarence Hill Sports Arena”, proposed before she won her gold medal.

Its opening was postponed because of Covid. I had been invited to attend the Clarence Hill event on the day of Flora Duffy Day, but I declined. On the day of the event, Clarence called me. I live two minutes away, so I went there only to be chased away.

Yes, a resident, former teacher, former principal and a former sports minister who had posted banners of Clarence in another area to lower the angst in the community was chased away. I was not the organiser of that event.

I hope this is read by the numerous persons who sought to destroy my reputation with yet another falsehood.

DALE BUTLER

City of Hamilton

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Published October 26, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated October 26, 2021 at 8:50 am)

Setting the record straight on Clarence Hill

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