Mr. Rolf Grant Pleased With Visit To Island

Date Published: 
1935-04-06
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner

Sailed For Trinidad Y'day. Appreciates Our Standard Of Cricket, Scenery, Climate, and Kindness.

Will Arrange For Trinidad Football Team To Tour Jamaica Next January.

MR. ROLF GRANT, well known Trinidad sportsman, and a very popular figure in the recent Test Match played at Sabina Park between the West Indies team and the England XI., brought his visit to Jamaica to a close yesterday afternoon when he sailed in the s.s. Bayano for home.

Visitors and sportsmen of the type of Mr. Grant contribute in no small degree to the solidarity of that spirit so essential to the success of touring teams, or even informal visits, and the void set up by his departure is compensated for in the knowledge that in the not too distant future we will have the pleasure of another visit from him.

The majority of the thousands of cricket enthusiasts who witnessed his stylish batting, tantalising bowling, and brilliant fielding in the Test Match were perhaps not at all surprised at Mr. Grant's all-round attractive display, in the knowledge that he is a Cambridge Double Blue, and in the opinion of authorities on football, eclipsed more than those who eclipsed him in the days when he played for the love of the game and the success of his Club.

A worthy representative of the reputable house of T. Geddes Grant Ltd. of Trinidad, with branches in all the important West Indian Colonies Mr. Grant seized the opportunity of staying over in the island for a fortnight following the conclusion of the cricket tournament, to get some knowledge of local trade conditions.

A representative of this paper had the opportunity of interviewing him yesterday afternoon shortly before he sailed, and though he was quite busy preparing for his departure, with that unfailing courtesy and charm of manner that has won him a host of admirers and friends here, he set himself down to the task of answering questions put to him.

Our Standard Of Cricket.

After assuring the pressman that he had thoroughly enjoyed his stay in the colony Mr. Grant went on to add that he had never seen Jamaican cricketers in action before, this having been his first visit to the island. He thinks the cricket here of a very high standard, and that it compares possibly more favourably than that of any other West Indies colony.

Mr. Grant seemed to have been drawing on a reservoir of pleasant memories. His face lit up with a happy smile, as he continued:

"Your crowds are as sporting as could be found in any part of the world, and they seem to have a thorough knowledge of the game. I hope they enjoyed watching us play as much as we did playing before such wonderful cricket enthusiasts, and I sincerely trust that when next the West Indies team plays the game in Jamaica I shall have the good fortune to be among those selected."

The possibility of his non-selection in such an event might have appeared dimly on the horizon of his thoughts, for he afterwards added that even this would in no way prevent him from paying Jamaica another visit, to enjoy some more of the wonderful climate, beauty of scenery, and the kindnesses and courtesies extended on all sides.

"I met a number of charming people." he said, "and received unbounded hospitality on all sides, and wish to assure them that I consider them most perfect hosts."

Our Stores—And Roads.

He next commented on the fine lay-out of many of the stores in Kingston, and was of opinion that they compared favourably with those in much larger cities. Following on the statement that he was able to avail himself of some knowledge of our trade conditions during the last fortnight he expressed the view that Jamaica was a very progressive and well developed island—although he had one complaint to make, and that was, the poor condition of the surfaces of some of the roads here.

What, do you suggest as a cure? asked the pressman. Mr. Grant said in reply that the authorities responsible for the proper upkeep of the roads should invest a little more freely in Trinidad asphalt in order to control the dust nuisance, particularly on the country roads, for when once the thoroughfares were perfectly surfaced the upkeep became infinitesimal.

A touch of humour was introduced by Mr. Grant as he said: "I was treated to a bit of excitement yesterday morning—being awakened out of my sleep at 5:30 o'clock by the Police, who informed me that there was a robber in the Harbour Street office." But even on this Mr. Grant applied a business comment—"I understand however that the alleged thief is not of Jamaican origin."

Here's To Football Fans.

Mr. Grant is trying to arrange for a Trinidad football team to visit Jamaica next January, and knowing him for his thoroughness in carrying through a good idea it may be written down as a certainty that early in 1936 the 'rooters' will be broadcasting the prowess of the Land of the Humming Bird, or that of Springs and Sunshine, as the respective forwards and wings bound along for a try at the cherished goal.

Mr. Grant would not have one too optimistic however, knowing as he does that there are difficulties in the way of travelling, and otherwise, in the inter-change of visits in this Archipelago of ours. He therefore added "Arrangements for such a football visit are however still in the early stage, but it is hoped that travelling difficulties will be overcome and thus lead to our accomplishing what we hope for."

About seven matches would be played during the tour.

The pressman draws on his own memory in reminding readers that Mr. Grant, apart from playing for
his University (Cambridge) played for the Corinthian Football Club, and also was a member of the England team against Scotland in the Amateur International.

Among those down to see him off was Mr. W. C. B [illegible] head of the local house of T. Geddes Grant, Ltd. whose residence was Mr. Grant's headquarters during his extra fortnight's stay here.