Pan Trinbago, NCC Chairman squabble over North Park
Beverly Ramsey-Moore, President of Pan Trinbago
National Carnival Commission Chairman Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters says that while he is prepared to compromise on the layout of the North Park for Panorama semis, he is adamant that the name not be changed.
Peters was responding to the suggestion of Pan Trinbago’s President Beverly Ramsey-Moore that the space formally occupied by the North Stand be renamed Pan City.
“Trinidad is a multi-cultural place and why would you name someplace Pan City? What happen to the other events you having inside there, you having it in Pan City? Let’s leave the name neutral and let everyone feel comfortable,” he told Loop.
Speaking at a press conference at Pan Trinbago’s Headquarters this morning, Ramsey-Moore said the name North Park is a curse word for the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
“It is no secret that the population of Trinidad and Tobago rejected Gypsy’s novel idea of a North Park. In the North Stand over the years the gate receipts were over three million dollars. Last year we made just one million dollars in the North Park which cost more than the North Stand,” she said.
“He is going to put up the argument that based on some exit surveys that they did that persons were satisfied but what about the thousands who did not enter the North Park? We are saying that the name North Park is a curse word for the people of Trinidad and Tobago. We are saying that we need Pan City.”
Commenting on the layout of the North Park last year, Ramsey-Moore said there were three main structures spread out in the space which did not re-create the North Stand atmosphere.
“Pan is about the people. Pan and the man have to connect, the vibes, it has to be intimate…it is about connectedness, it is about togetherness, it is about the love, it is about the vibes,” she said, referencing the atmosphere of the pan yards on judging night.
She said Pan Trinbago has been having meetings with the NCC Board and everyone with the exception of the Chairman seems to be supportive of the Pan City idea.
Ramsey-Moore said she was hopeful that there would be a resolution by tomorrow.