Caribbean Stars presents Morvant Love interviews
Caribbean Stars has interviewed accomplished people from the District of Morvant for its Morvant (Mova) Love magazine. We are in the process of conducting more interviews of those who we previously recommended and some that were in the archives.
Grace Smith-King retired as a Supervisor II from a teaching career which saw her reach the shores of England while living all things St Dominic’s RC Church in Morvant.. She was the only female teacher in Nelson Street Boys upper school and supported Dodgers and Burnley football teams in the 50s and 60s
Adrian McIntyre was the captain of Dodgers Football Club which happens to be the most dominant team in Morvant Football. He was the captain of captains and a central back who save the most goals via goal line clearances in the history of the Morvant Football league
Thora Best is arguably the busiest Executive in Trinidad and Tobago. The retired Principal continues to devote time to helping the development of youths not just in Morvant but throughout the twin island. She is the Chairman of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) Junior Calypso Committee and runs the Junior competitions. She is also a Vicariate Manager and a Judge of the Best Village competition.
John Hills is a member of the original football team from Mon Repos Village. A graduate from Queens Royal College (QRC) in Trinidad he was more than willing (on very short notice) to authenticate Mon Repos village. Players and organizations from Mon Repos have contributed not just to Morvant football but to the development of the district as a whole.
Pamela Phillip Rochard is a retired teacher of 40 years. She is the Vice-President of the Morvant Central Community Council (MCCC) which is playing a pivotal role in getting Morvant on the move. The MCCC is also the organization to which the keys of the new Morvant Community Centre will be handed over. The old Centre was the first in Trinidad and Tobago to be built by the people.
PG (Percy Granville) Wilson was a record setting quarter miler who had (literally) started races while setting the pace. A Monsieur with a Degree in Physiotherapy he helped Hasley Crawford regained his physical sharpness to win the gold medal in the 100 metres at the ’76 Montreal Olympics. PG was the starter at most of the top track meets in T&T and when given the job in Mississippi, USA he gave Tougaloo College athletic program their first taste of championships.
Jesse Daniel is the President of the Morvant Central Community Council. He returned to Trinidad in 1983) are living in Toronto, Canada for about 10 years where he obtained a Degree in Art and Science from the University of Toronto. He is a retired Probation Officer with a Law Degree from the University of London, England.
Thomas Bailey is the President of Presidents. He one of the many teachers Morvant has produced and his contributions to the Brooklyn Labour Day Carnival and Fiboro Soccer League as the President for over 25 years are invaluable.
Trinidad and Tobago men’s football Head Coach Dennis “Tallest” Lawrence is proud of being from the district of Morvant. He scored the winning goal against Bahrain for the country to qualify for FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 and thinks that Morvant gets a bad rap.
Anthony “Banga” Harewood took this opportunity to exhale. A diehard supporter of Merrymen FC, he is still inspired by the unity and support shown by the district for the Morvant United football team during the national Better Village competition.
Dave Small is the Manager of Morvant Ebonites Steel Orchestra. Throughout his career he represented the younger version of most of his affiliated groups and he is hopeful of boosting Ebonites membership with younger people.
In naming his top five teams, Rueben “Stonegoat” Nurse thinks that Cipriani United is the best team to have played in the Morvant Football League. With the ability and love for all sports, “Stonegoat” is mostly remembered for his tough stance against bullying by literally taking over (buying) the fight.
Carlos Renwick became the Secretary of Secretaries in Morvant. He was the Secretary of the Morvant St Dominic’s Ex-pupils Association and the Morvant Community Welfare Association (MCWA) only to name a few.
George Green fills the generation gap in Morvant as a teacher; from his football days with Manchester and Blackburns as an Executive in Morvant Literary & cultural Group to Treasurer on the Morvant Central Community Council (MCCC).
Anthony “Mose” Lewis is a talented drummer from Chinapoo, Morvant who played for big name Soca bands such as Sound Revolution and Atlantik for 22 years before forming his own band called Moses Revolution in Toronto, Canada.
Reynold “Water-head” Hunte is amongst the best to have played in the Morvant Football league. Quiet by nature, Reynold felt compelled to talk about some of the players and teams of the Morvant football.
Horace “Goofy” Harrison love for Morvant goes well beyond playing for his team Rebels in the Morvant Football league. He was a part of the large contingent of Morvant supporters who travelled to South to support Morvant in the district in Best Village final in ’75.
Percy Parker has defied the odds by revolutionizing the advertising industry in Trinidad and Tobago. Originally from Morvant Percy was instrumental in launching the Diquez Petroleum Jelly advertisement with ‘Bumble Bee’ as well as the Pennywise Cosmetics Campaign from a Client/Agency relationship that spanned for 25 years
Akua (Lorna) Benjamin is a Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. She was born in Laventille but lived in Morvant Trinidad where she represented the district at the Best Village Competition and has not forgotten her Morvant roots.
Lenox Farrell is a Canadian who was born in Laventille and grew up in Cipriani Street in the district of Morvant in Trinidad. He is a retired Teacher and Black Activist who is a well-respected person in the Toronto community.
Carlos Gomes is one of the original members of the Merrymen Football team in the Morvant Football league. He is also recognized as a community activist who is still adamant that Morvant should return to the older (Morvant Community Welfare Association (MCWA) format instead of the Morvant Central Community Council (MCCC) to regain that sense of oneness.
Ancil Constantine is another of Morvant’s multitalented individuals who played football with top clubs in Morvant and P.O.S, and brought out USS Detroit (City Syncopators) as the largest sailor band in T&T
Owen “Canon” Serrette has been an integral part of the structure and development of the Steel Orchestra (Band) and its music not just in Morvant but in T&T and around the world.
Singing Sandra is the district of Morvant most accomplished female entertainer, and she brings a lot to the table in terms of talent and depth. Her real name is Sandra Andrea DesVignes Millington.
Adrian Leonce is the MP for Laventille/East Morvant. He was born in Pitch Road in Central Morvant and in this interview he gives his vision for the district of Morvant and its Village Councils.
Gwenwyn Cust (RIP) had the longest teaching career in Morvant and helped in the development of Morvant in general.
He played for Richmond Street Primary school and Tranquility Secondary, where he graduated and became a teacher. During that time, he played for Luton Town before accepting a scholarship from Colts Sports Club, where he became the captain and gained selection to the national team.
Ephraim Serrette (President of National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago)
Besides his many athletic records Ephraim claim to fame is when he defeated Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic 100-Metre Gold Medalist Hasley Crawford in 1977 at Arima Velodrome. Originally from the Morvant Jets Athletic Club which he joined while at primary school Ephraim eventually joined Hampton Athletics Club in 1976
Asha Lester (FIFA Referee and Coach) was once one of just two FIFA Women’s Referees in T&T. She established the original Morvant Football Academy and continues to coach both boys and girls at the secondary and Primary school levels
Bill Trotman (Comedian, Calypsonian, MC, Actor, Artist, and a host of other talents too numerous to mention He can easily recall the history of Morvant based on its development and amenities. He thinks Movant is Lovable.
Calypsonian Donric “Funny” Williamson helped put Morvant in the national spotlight and T&T on the International map. One of the founders of the famous Masters Den calypso tent and a member of Blackpool and Who Cares football teams.
He returned to Trinidad after attaining three degrees which helped him authored his (7) seven books. Ottley runs the first all-female calypso tent in the World called Divas Calypso Cabaret International.
Christford “Puss” Williamson is arguably one of the most talented footballers Morvant has ever seen.
He was the leader of the infamous Cipriani United team which took Morvant by storm in ’68.
Cipriani United was the club whose players provided the ground work for a Morvant United team to enjoy major successes outside the District.
Jacob Windsor “Silver Medalist in Table Tennis @ the First World Police & Fire Games in San Diego 1985.
Windsor has always excelled at table tennis and won South East Port of Spain Secondary School championship, Morvant Best Village and Class B Division of the Police Service table tennis competitions. He has represented Police throughout his 15-year career (1974-89) in the Police service.