Sir Garfield Sobers to Unveil Collie Smith Statue at Boys’ Town

Do you know Trench Town? Do you know Boys’ Town? If so, you know Collie Smith Drive. But do you know who Collie Smith was? This is an interesting (although rather sad) story. Next week, however, there will be an unveiling ceremony celebrating Mr. Smith, with a very famous Caribbean cricketer doing the honours. (N.B. Boys’ Town is also well known for its football team, which is not doing so well this season. It was just knocked out of the Red Stripe Premier League by Portmore United).

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Boys’ Town celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2015.

Sir Garfield Sobers to Unveil Collie Smith Statue at Boys’ Town

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sir Garfield Sobers will be the special guest of Boys’ Town on Wednesday, March 21, at the ceremony to unveil the statue of legendary Jamaican and West Indian Cricketer, Collie Smith, on the grounds of Boys’ Town at 6 Collie Smith Drive in Kingston, Jamaica.

O’Neil Gordon “Collie” Smith, was a role model par excellence. He  represented Boys’ Town, Kingston College, Jamaica, West Indies and Burnley Cricket Club in a short, but inspirational career. He died at age twenty six (26) in a car accident in England in 1959. The Government of Jamaica subsequently acknowledged Collie by naming the street [Central Road] where Boys’ Town is located in his honour; and Kingston College also has a memorial to Collie Smith in their Chapel.

Boys’ Town with support from the CHASE Fund commissioned noted sculptor, Kay Sullivan to do the Statue of Collie Smith which will be unveiled by Collie’s friend and teammate, Sir Garfield Sobers at this very special event, with the blessing of His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor General and involving members of his family, the Boys’ Town and the Trench Town Community.

The Programme will commence at 11:00 am and will also mark the 113th birthday of the institution’s Founding Director, the late “Father’” Hugh Sherlock.

Contact: Programme Coordinator Nicole Brown: (876) 378.5610.

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