A Trinidad Player Honoured at At Home Function In Manse

Date Published: 
1936-01-13
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
20

TRIBUTE PAID TO MR. R. B. THOMPSON
VISITOR COMMENDS OUR PUBLIC FOR FINE DISPLAY OF SPORTMANSHIP
WEST INDIES FEDERATION

Some of Trinidad footballers now on a visit to the island are ardent churchgoers.

Mr. Bertie Thompson, Trinidad's middle distance champion and perhaps the West Indies' quarter "miler," who is a member of the visiting team at an At Home function held in his honour at the Allen Temple A.M.E. Manse a few evenings ago, was commended for his Christian characteristics by the Rev. S. E. Churchstone Lord, B.D., the pastor of the Allen Temple. Tribute was paid to Mr. Thompson by the Rev. Mr. Lord for his Godliness and manliness in seeking out his church in a strange land and attending its services quite frequently. Mr. Thompson is a member of the A.M.E. Church in Port of Spain of which the Rev. Dr. W. H. Mayhew is Superintendent.

After refreshments were served to the small party of friends and the guest of honour, Mr. Thompson, Mrs. Churchstone Lord contributed a violin solo which was well received.

WELCOME TO HER HEART.

Many speeches of welcome and congratulation were delivered by those present. Mr. Thompson was told of the great pleasure Jamaica had in welcoming him to her shores and in her heart, and the hope was expressed that he would take back with him to Trinidad happy recollections of his visit here.

Mr. Thompson's fine display on the football field was also commented upon and the gathering wished him further success in the grand game of soccer.

The interchange of these visits, it was felt, would tend to bring a Federated West Indies much earlier than political dreamers of the Caribbean had ever thought. "If nothing else does, sport will be the great aid in bringing together these colonies on one platform," one speaker declared. With West Indian Federation, it was urged that the West Indies would be able to speak as one with greater power and would have a say at parley of the world.

WONDERFUL HOSPITALITY.

Mr. Thompson replied to the many appreciative things said about him and promised to play his part well, not only on the football field, but in life. He referred to the wonderful hospitality he and other members of the team had received and were receiving from the people of Jamaica and commented on the fine sportsmanship displayed by our sporting public at the several intercolonial matches which they witnessed at Sabina Park.

Our visitor was inclined to describe our sporting public as one of the best in the Caribbean, for he laid particular stress on the enthusiastic manner in which Jamaicans cheered the Trinidad side when goals were scored against the home players.

He agreed that the visit of this football team from the neighbouring island of Trinidad for the first time would assist in cementing and bringing about a better feeling between the two colonies and hastening the realisation of a Federated West Indies.

He hoped the day was

NOT FAR DISTANT

when a Jamaica football side would tour Trinidad and other British Caribbean colonies and a better understanding among the peoples of these islands scattered here and there in the Caribbean would be an accomplished fact.

Thanks was accorded Mrs. and Miss Churchstone Lord for the delightful evening spent.